Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has said that the one-horned rhino is a priceless asset of Nepal.
Addressing the Third Rhino Range Countries Meeting hosted by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation at Patihani through a video message on Friday, he said that the government is sensitive to the protection of the one-horned rhino.
High-ranking officials from Nepal, India, Bhutan, Indonesia and Malaysia are scheduled to present the progress made in the field of rhino conservation in their respective countries.
Likewise, conservation workers from Venezuela, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, South Africa and other countries will also share their experiences in wildlife conservation, according to Information Officer of the Department, Dr Ganesh Pant.
The participants of the meeting will also discuss the challenges faced in rhino conservation and future plans, including collective responsibility. Nepal is the second largest habitat for the one-horned rhinos in the world following India.
The meeting will conclude with a Chitwan Declaration on Conservation on Sunday.
The first Rhino Range Countries Meeting was held in Indonesia and the second in New Delhi, India.