The Chinese Forest Minister Jia Zhibang today said that China wants to support Nepal on biodiversity conservation and livelihood promotion through the forestbased products.
“We have been supporting Nepal on Bamboo plantation and its economic benefit, where as China is interested in sustainable forest management issues,” said Zhibang, while talking to the media persons at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
The high level meeting between the two countries to be held, on Thursday, will share the knowledge of biodiversity conservation and discuss the challenges for better cooperation to fight against the illegal trade of wildlife body parts and endangered plant species.
China is the largest market for the wildlife body parts as well as the illegal trade of red sandalwood and other medicinal plants that has become a headache for Nepal. “There is the need of better cooperation between two countries and China has been supportive on enhancing conservation efforts,” added the minister.
The Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation has prepared for the meeting of first Nepal-China Joint Forestry Working Group meeting which will be addressed by both countries.
“The six-member Chinese delegation will be discussing with the Nepalis participants on the issues of forestry sector.” Both sides will share on how the forest conservation efforts are going on both countries,” said Ram Prasad Lamsal, Joint Secretary and Spokesperson, MoFSC.