Country in need of advanced forecast system to minimise losses caused by rain-induced disastersBy Indira Aryal
Sudden and incessant rainfall in the third week of October has caused widespread floods and landslides, killing over a hundred people in the past few days across the country. Post-monsoon rainfall claimed the lives of 107 people, with 35 still missing and 32 sustaining injuries across the country by Friday.
Addressing Nation’s Environmental ConcernsBy Indira Aryal
In the first 100 days, the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government has raised high hopes among people regarding the protection of environment, minimising human-animal conflict and encouraging the use of electric vehicles by lowering the taxes levied on such vehicles.
Red Panda: Facing Threats Despite Conservation EffortsBy Indira Aryal
Red pandas, scientifically called Ailurus fulgens and known as Habre in Nepali, are on the verge of extinction and facing threats because of their habitat destruction by over-grazing, collection of timber products, firewood and poaching.
Ban on use of plastic bags, an implementation issueBy Indira Aryal
Plastic bags are commonly used all around for carrying food items and clothes. Despite having adverse effects on the environment and public health, people are still using it to carry their daily essentials. The government has imposed a complete ban on the production, import, sale and use of plastic bags with a thickness of fewer than 40 microns by publishing the notice in the Nepal Gazette on September 15. The decision was made public by the Ministry of Forests and Environment on September 22 and...
Bode’s Kamalpokhari restored to original stateBy Indira Aryal
Kamal Pokhari (Lotus Pond) in Bode of Madhyapur Thimi Municipality in Bhaktapur, which was registered in a person’s name, has been recovered and transformed into its original status again. The pond, which is called Paleswan Pukhu locally, spreads over 15 ropanis of land and was covered with grass until last year, but now with the efforts of the municipality and the locals, it has gained its previous look: beautiful lake filled with crystal clear water.
Healthy vulture population signals sound ecologyBy Indira Aryal
The first Saturday in September each year is celebrated as International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) to create awareness about the decreasing numbers of vultures and their importance in the ecology. Vultures are an ecologically important group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas where they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction, experts said. Vultures are the most efficient scavenging birds which play a highly important ecological...
Habitat degradation causing human-wildlife conflictBy Indira Aryal
Rising forest destruction and degradation has forced wildlife to live near human settlements, increasing the chances of human-wildlife conflict. Leopard (Panthera Pardus), which has been frequently spotted inside the Kathmandu Valley, is one of the major sources of human-leopard conflict. Besides their search for mates, experts believe that leopards have travelled further in search of food due to degradation and fragmentation of their habitats caused by rapid urbanisation.
BCN launches feeder scheme to conserve urban birdsBy Indira Aryal
Birds are widely ignored in urban areas even though there are many species found in urban setting. Though hundreds of bird species inhabit the Valley, most are not sighted in the market areas with the absence of suitable habitat and food items for them.
Kailali harbours 23 per cent of total bird species of NepalBy Indira Aryal
Kailali district hosts a large number of bird species -- 114 -- in total of biome restricted assemblage (a significant component of a group of species), which is about 23 per cent of the total recorded species of the country. Out of the 496 bird species recorded in Kailali, 21 are globally threatened, according to a recently published book “Birds and Birding Hotspots of Kailali.” The book is written by Ornithologist Hiru Lal Dangaura of Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) and Daya Ram Chaud
Thimi undergoes exemplary heritage restorationBy Indira Aryal
The cultural and historical sites of Madhyapur Thimi Municipality in Bhaktapur district have witnessed significant facelifts and renovations over the last four years. The efforts made by the local body in the reconstruction of archaeological and historical heritage are remarkable.