Ghodaghodi Declared Nepal’s First Bird Sanctuary

Ghodaghodi Declared Nepal’s First Bird Sanctuary

  12 Mar, 2022
 
By Abinash Chaudhary Rising Nepal 

Dhangadi, Mar. 12: Ghodaghodi Wetland located in Kailali district of Sudurpaschim Province was declared the first bird sanctuary (Bird Sanctuary Area) of Nepal on Friday.

There are 360 species of water and terrestrial birds in the Ghodaghodi wetland listed in the World Ramsar Area.

Among them, 12 species of birds including Kale Tauke Hans (Common Pochard), Raj Dhanesh (Great Hornbill), Rajlahanche (Great Slaty Woodpecker), Bhudifor Garud (Lesser Adjutant), Sunaulo Top Chara (Finn’s Weaver), Gheghri Ghanse Fisto (Grey-breasted Prinia) and Laghu Mahachil (Indian Spotted Eagle) are rare in the world.
There are 64 species of waterfowl in the wetland.

Ghodaghodi has been declared a bird sanctuary with the objective of conserving the birds found there and promoting tourism. The sanctuary area is a designated area where birds can feed and breed in a fearless environment and are protected.

Ghodaghodi wetland spreads in an area of ​​10,570 hectares. However, the Ghodaghodi Bird Sanctuary has been created covering an area of ​​more than 6,000 hectares where Ghodaghodi Lake is completely included. There are 24 lakes including Ghodaghodi in the wetland area.

Earlier, the 13th Municipal Council of Ghodaghodi Municipality had unanimously passed a decision to make the Ghodaghodi area a Bird Sanctuary. According to the same decision, Ghodaghodi was declared the first Bird Sanctuary today.

Announcing Ghodaghodi as Nepal’s first Bird Sanctuary, Sudurpaschim Province Chief Minister Trilochan Bhatta said that Ghodaghodi is an important tourist destination of the region.
“Birds are migrating here from many places and this is very important for all of us, which can also help bring millions of tourists to the area. The Province government has been making efforts for that,” he said.

As Ghodaghodi Lake is historic in itself, it is important for everyone to pay attention to preserve its religious and natural historicity, said CM Bhatta.
He further added that declaring a bird sanctuary alone could not be enough, it was equally necessary to work for systematic conservation to attract tourists from home and abroad. The Province government is constructing infrastructure to attract tourists to the area.

He said that the responsibility of conservation lies on the people even though the local and provincial governments have declared Ghodaghodi a Bird Sanctuary. According to CM Bhatta, if there is protection, everyone can benefit from the tourism business.

Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forests and Environment Man Bahadur Dhami, Chairman of Natural Resources Economic Development and Natural Resources Committee Harka Bahadur Kunwar, province Assembly Member Bharat Bahadur Khadka, and representatives of the organisations working in the field of conservation were present at the programme.
Meanwhile, prizes have been provided to the winners of the Ghodaghodi Bird Photography Competition.

Photographers Sugam Tamrakar, Bhumi Datta Tiwari, and Drishtant Bidari won the first, second, and third prizes respectively in the competition. They received the prize of Rs. 30,000, Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively.