6-month extension for ACAP term
KATHMANDU, JUL 29 -
Much to the dismay of the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), the government on Friday decided to extend its term managing the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) only for the next six months. After the NTNC’s 10-year agreement with the government expired on July 19, officials had requested that their term be extended by 10 years.
Responding to the NTNC’s term extension proposal, Friday’s Cabinet meeting decided only on a six-month extension and also directed the concerned ministry to seek alternative management for the country’s biggest revenue-generating protected conservation area.
The NTNC is an autonomous and not-for-profit organisation working under the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) and has been managing ACAP for the last 26 years. This is the third time that the NTNC requested the government to extend its term, after 10-year extensions in 1992 and 2002.
Meanwhile, local communities that have been instrumental in the management of resources in ACAP are also demanding rights to manage the project on their own. Local communities claim that although they have played a vital role in protecting and conserving biodiversity in the area, they have yet to reap the benefits.
Renowned worldwide, ACAP is considered a role model for community-based conservation efforts.
Posted on: 2012-07-29 08:20