- India and Nepal, which share a border running more than 1,850 kilometers (1,150 miles), are set to sign an agreement strengthening transboundary conservation of species like the Indian rhino, Bengal tiger and Asian elephant.
- The memorandum of understanding is expected to be signed before India’s upcoming parliamentary elections, slated for April and May this year.
- The MOU is expected to put an emphasis on cooperation for the conservation and protection of tigers, whose population has increased in both countries over the past decade.
India and Nepal are all set to sign an agreement to cooperate on biodiversity conservation, including the transboundary conservation of species like the Indian rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis), Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris) and Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). The memorandum of understanding is expected to be signed before India’s upcoming parliamentary elections in April.
The countries’ shared border stretches more than 1,850 kilometers (1,150 miles) and touches five Indian states: Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The two countries allow free movement of their people across the border.
The border also includes several transboundary wildlife habitats. The Valmiki Tiger Reserve in India, for instance, runs into Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, a rhino stronghold, and Parsa National Park. Similarly, India’s Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh shares a border with Shuklaphanta National Park in Nepal. Thus, among other things, the MOU is expected to have a significant focus on the management of the transboundary landscape.
There’s no formal MOU between the two countries at present, said S.P. Yadav, member secretary of Uttar Pradesh’s State Biodiversity Board…Read More at