Conservation sector collected 2.6 billion in 6 years
8th Apr, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Apr 08: The national parks and wildlife conservation sector has contributed Rs. 2 billion and 630 million in national revenue over the last 6 years. According to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, the conservation areas have collected 2.63 billion rupees from the economic years 2011-2017.
Revenue from the conservation sector has been on the rise due to increased number of visitors in the national park and conservation areas. In 2011, around 186.9 million rupees was collected which increased to 552.7 million rupees by 2017. There are 12 national parks, 1 wildlife reserve, 1 hunting reserve, 6 conservation areas, and 13 buffer zones in Nepal. Conservation areas took up 23.39% of the total area of Nepal in 2015.
According to the Department, the revenue is chiefly collected through entry charges to tourists visiting the conservation areas to observe the animals and the natural scenaries. The revenue has also been supplemented by people collecting Yarsagumba and other herbs, mountain climbing permits, as well as fines.
Hunting permits are also given on the basis of free competition due to which participants are willing to pay high amounts in royalty. According to the Department, although the royalty for hunting one animal is around 100 thousand rupees, participants have been willing to pay as high as 1.3 million rupees.
In 2017, Chitwan National Park contributed Rs. 201.5 million of the 552.7 million of total revenue collected by the department. Director General of the Department, Man Bahadur Khadka, said that since the conservation sector has been collecting increasing amounts in revenue in recent years, the department is moving forward with the aim to increase the royalty even further. "A majority of the tourists entering Nepal visit the national parks and conservation areas. The aim is to improve the services and facilities available to tourists including proper roads, wifi, and hotel services and attract more tourists in this way."