Bird Conservation Nepal along with other partner organizations including NTNC, WWF-Nepal, IUCN and Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City Office celebrated World Environment Day 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The program was celebrated under the theme "Go Wild For Life".
Honorable Rt. Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Nepal, Agni Prasad Sapkota was the chief guest of the program. It started with a rally, led by beautifully decorated walking elephant, trailed by queue of young students with banners and pamphlets advocating the importance of environment protection. Under the presence of Miss Nepal World, Miss Nepal Earth and Miss Nepal International along with the crowd, joint mass oath-taking was conducted where the gathered people vowed to save environment.
During the event Bird Conservation Nepal launched its recently published book सुनकलिको रेस्टुरेन्ट: वातारण सचित्र बाल कथा सुनकलिको रेस्टुरेन्ट. The book is written by Mr. Ramdev Pandey and its imagery part was designed by Mr. Rajkumar Prajapati. The objective of this book is to create awareness among young children through its artistic way of telling stories using pictures. Similarly, BCN and ICIMOD jointly honored Dumrithumka Adarsha Mahila Community Forest User Group for their outstanding work on livelihood improvement and ecosystem management within that community forest.
Various other activities were organized prior to the event which included inter-school dance competition, report writing, debate and banner designing competition. The winners were awarded through this event and Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Honorable Rt. Agni Prasad Sapkota did the honor. At the end Mr. Sapkota, in his speech, stressed about the needs and importance of celebrating World Environment Day and its urge to educate young children for future's betterment.
The event was facilitated by National Trust for Nature Conservation's (NTNC) Central Zoo. Wide participation was observed during the event and the participants included representatives from various government as well as non-government organizations including hundreds of students representing more than 30 schools.