Pokhara, May 6: The three-day Lake Conference has concluded with a five-point declaration. It has included a commitment to work for the sustainable development of 9 lakes in the Pokhara Valley.
The conference was hosted by the Lake Conservation and Development Authority, Gandaki Province. According to the Chief Executive Officer of the authority, Dr. Kalpana Devi, there were various experts, researchers, government policy makers, lake management committee members and community members.
The declaration points out the natural value of lakes and the importance of the lake for the economy and the livelihood of Pokhara and its residents. Moreover, there is a need for close cooperation between the local community, government officials and technical experts.
A seven-member working group has also been formed to prepare the draft for the operation of the Pokhara Lake Forum under the coordination of Purna Kunwar.
At the closing ceremony, Professor Bir Bahadur Khanal, Dean of the Institute of Forestry, Bishal Ghimire, Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Environment, Navraj Ojha, Vice President of the Lake Authority expressed their commitment to implement the recommendations of the conference.