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SOS Rhino : In the News : Chitwan Declaration issued for conservation of rhino

Chitwan Declaration issued for conservation of rhino mk Aug 24 06

After increasing cases of poaching of rhino in the Chitwan National Park, various groups including the political parties and the local residents have come up with a 20-point declaration to make effective the efforts of rhino conservation.

The Rhino Conservation Chitwan Declaration-2006 issued on Wednesday following extensive deliberations among the representatives of the civil society, political parties, local administration and organisations working for conservation of wildlife aims to foster coordination amongst all concerned sides to conserve the rhino in the Chitwan National Park in south-western Nepal.

The Declaration has set a goal to conserve the rare one-horned rhinoceros in the national park by launching proactive programs with coordination and cooperation among all concerned sides. It also vows to make effective the security mechanism and the management of the Chitwan National Park, involve the local residents in the conversation of rhino and its habitat and shift the hotels and resorts located around sensitive areas inside the national park to other places.

Similarly, the Declaration stresses on proper implementation of ‘reward and punishment’ scheme in order to check the poaching of rhino and other rare wild animals and curb encroachment of rhino habitats, among others.

Representatives of 19 organisations including the seven political parties, Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Buffer Zone Management Council (BZMC), Mirgakunj Buffer Zone User Committee, anti-poaching awareness groups, local media, Hotel Association of Nepal, District Forest Office, national park management, WWF Nepal and the Terai Arc Landscape had participated in the two-day meeting.

The Declaration comes in the wake of rising poaching of rhino inside the National Park. At least 6 rhinos were killed by poachers in the last few weeks, according to WWF officials.

The rhino population in Chitwan National Park was 372 until May this year. The total rhino population in Nepal is estimated at 446.

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