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India, Nepal to sign agreement for rhino, tiger protection; will include transboundary PA management

India and Nepal are all set to sign an agreement to cooperate on biodiversity conservation, including the transboundary conservation of species like the Indian rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis), Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris) and Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). The memorandum of understanding is expected to be signed before India’s upcoming parliamentary elections in April.

The countries’ shared border stretches more than 1,850 kilometers (1,150 miles) and touches five Indian states: Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The two countries allow free movement of their people across the border.

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