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Nepal national parks establish sister ties with US park

Saturday, Jun 4, 2016,11:12 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Kathmandu | The US today said it would establish sister park relationship between Chitwan, Langtang, and Sagarmatha National Parks in Nepal and Yosemite National Park in the US.

This relationship between national parks is aimed at promoting bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of these parks by increasing information sharing and direct park-to-park contacts to address common problems such as pollution, invasive species, plant and animal disease and vanishing cultural heritage, said a press release issued by the US Embassy here.

The sister park arrangement also provides a forum for collaboration on shared research and monitoring and enriches the experience and training of park personnel through international exchanges, it said.

Through this agreement, Chitwan, Langtang, Sagarmatha and Yosemite will collaborate on the preservation and restoration of natural and cultural resources, visitor education and safety, development of strategies to adapt to climate change; partnership engagement strategies, and implement research, inventorying and monitoring programs necessary to preserve and protect the parks.

Yosemite, Langtang, and Sagarmatha are rooted in dramatic mountain ranges that support diverse ecological communities, immense natural resources, and centuries of human history.

These parks in both nations are also strong economic engines for their surrounding communities, but similarly face increased challenges from development, illegal activities, population growth, and climate change, said Alaina B Teplitz, US Ambassador to Nepal.

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