A renewed pledge to work towards protecting Snow Leopards was the highlight of the National Conservation Day 2013 held on 23 September.
The function was inaugurated by Nepal’s President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and was attended by many prominent national figures including the Minister of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC), Mr Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti, and Secretary of MoFSC Dr Ganesh Raj Joshi. Representatives from ICIMOD were also present at the function.
Mr Hari Saran Nepali was presented with the BCN Life time achievement award by President Yadav, and scholarships and awards were also handed to different individuals and organizations for their contributions to environment conservation. President Yadav also launched various conservation-related publications.
The Eco Club of Buddha Adarsha School, Lumbini, performed a drama on Sarus crane conservation, and a video on Snow Leopard conservation was screened. The function, organized by WWF and other environmental agencies, ended with closing remarks from President Yadav and Minister Gharti.
The function was held at Army Officers’ Club, Bhadrakali, with the theme ‘Save the Himalayas, Let the Snow Leopards Live’. ICIMOD, one of the consortium members involved in organizing the event, provided 25,000 NPR for the function.