Govt. ready to co-work for environment and sustainable development: Koirala

Lalitpur, June 14: Minister for Finance, Shankar Koirala, and British Ambassador to Nepal, Andy James Sparkes, have jointly released   magazines – Face to Face and Haka-Haki— today published by the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ).

On the occasion, Finance Minister Koirala said that Nepal has adopted environment as inherent part in development of every sectors of the country and added that the government has been formulating different rules, regulations, and policies as well as launching programmes to achieve such goal.

Recalling Nepal's commitment in national and international arena to keep around 40 per cent forest area out of the total area of the country, Koirala said that support and collaboration of all was necessary in the context of environment and sustainable development to achieve the goal.

The minister also urged all to suggest if anything has to be done on policy reform and programmes through budget.

Similarly, British Ambassador Sparkes expressed the belief that both the magazines would be very useful to new generations to know about environment.

Stating that there is a tremendous possibility of bio-diversity and water resources in Nepal, he said climate change, landslides, floods and disasters have invited a great problem on natural heritages for the past few years.

The British Ambassador informed that the government of the United Kingdom, feeling the need to increase public awareness on problems surfaced due to climate change,  is going to provide around 6,500,000 pound sterling to run various programmes related to environment and natural disaster in Nepal.

Likewise, President of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Shiva Gaunle, and Founder Chairman of NEFEJ, Krishna Prasad Sigdyal, expressed the belief that the two publications will work as a bridge between policy makers and general people.

Former President of NEFEJ, Laxman Upreti and General Secretary, Dhruba Basnet, shed light on the issues incorporated by the magazines.

The programme was chaired by President of NEFEJ, Tirtha Koirala. RSS

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