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India collaborates with four nations to protect Asian rhinos

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will collaborate with Bhutan, Nepal, and to increase the population of three species of Asian rhinos, including the Greater one-horned rhinoceros found in the Indian sub-continent.

The five rhino range nations signed a declaration 'The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019' for the conservation and protection of the species at the recently held Second Asian Rhino Range Countries meeting here.

During the meet, Minister affirmed India's commitment towards rhino conservation.

The declaration was signed to conserve and review the population of the Greater one-horned, Javan and Sumatran rhinos every four years to reassess the need for joint actions to secure their future.

"The national strategy will pave the path for long term conservation of the Greater one-horned rhinos in I also wish the range country of critically endangered Javan and Sumatra rhinos success in their endeavour to secure the future of the two critically endangered rhinos in Asia," Vardhan said.

The declaration includes undertaking studies on health issues of the rhinos, their potential diseases and taking necessary steps; collaborating and strengthening wildlife forensics for the purpose of investigation and strengthening of transboundary collaboration among India, and for the conservation and protection of the Greater one-horned rhino.

The meet was organised by the environment, forest and climate change ministry in collaboration with IUCN Asian Rhino Specialist Group, WWF- and

It was attended by NGOs such as US-based and Global Wildlife Conservation; of London Office and the WWF's US, India, and chapters.

The Wildlife Conservation Nepal, for Nature Conservation of Nepal, Yayasan Badak of and also participated in the meeting.

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First Published: Mon, March 04 2019. 18:40 IST