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Nepal declares its first official bird sanctuary

Populations of around a dozen bird species, such as the great hornbill (Buceros bicornis), lesser adjuant stork (Leptoptilos javanicus) and the Indian spotted eagle (Clanga hastata), are in global decline.

“The launch of the first bird sanctuary in the country sends a message that local governments are equally committed to conserving biodiversity,” ornithologist Hem Sagar Baral told Mongabay. “This comes at a time when there are growing concerns that as conservation and protected areas fall under the ambit of the federal government, local governments would not take ownership of conservation efforts,” added Baral, who is also the Nepal country representative for the Zoological Society of London.

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