Korea pledges help in forest conservation

The Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to Nepal, Park Yong-Sik, called on the Minister of Forest and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet with a proposal to financially and technically assist Nepal in the conservation of its forest and environment sector. In a meeting held at the Ministry of Forest and Environment on Tuesday, Basnet claimed that around 45 percent of the country’s total area is covered with forest.

“In recent times, Nepal achieved a notable success in the forest and environmental protection efforts,” Basnet said. “The latest data on the tiger population in Nepal also indicates the progress we have made so far.” Basnet also said that Nepal, which is in its infrastructural development phase, has a policy to maintain a balance between its development works and environment.

Ambassador Yong-Sik said South Korea had expanded its forest area on empty land, and developing countries including Nepal could follow the same model. The Korean government is ready to assist Nepal under its greenery promotion progamme, he said.


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