Nepal royals stole nature conservation money

This video is about wildlife in Nepal.

From the BBC:

Nepal royals ‘stole charity cash’

By Charles Haviland
BBC News, Kathmandu

A controversy has resurfaced in Nepal over one of the country’s major nature conservation trusts.

An investigation has concluded that Nepal’s royal family misused funds belonging to the charity.

The investigation committee said the royals spent large amounts of the trust’s money on themselves, over a period of several years.

The report was written by Maoist former rebels, who are now in government, and who now control the trust.

‘Lavish spending’

Nepal is home to the world’s highest mountains and to a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

But much of the work to conserve them is embroiled in political controversy, thanks to a history of royal dictatorship mixed with communist insurgency.

The National Trust for Nature Conservation was until last year named in honour of a former king, Mahendra, and was chaired by Crown Prince Paras with his father, King Gyanendra, as patron.

An investigative committee has now concluded that the royals spent huge amounts of trust money on travels abroad, lavish parties, and health check-ups for Queen Komal in British clinics.

Its report said the royals were still using computers and cars that rightfully belonged to the trust.

In one notorious royal trip, the prince visited Austria and donated a pair of one-horned rhinos, an endangered species in Nepal, to a zoo.

Nepalese army personnel suspected of involvement in rhino poaching: here.

American writer wanted in Nepal in connections with wildlife and archaeological crimes: here.

Women in Nepal: here.

September 2012. Tigers aren’t known for being accommodating, but a new study indicates that the carnivores in Nepal are taking the night shift to better coexist with humans. The revelation that tigers and people are sharing exactly the same space – the same roads and trails – of Chitwan National Park flies in the face of long-held convictions in conservation circles. It also underscores how successful conservation efforts need sciences that takes into account both nature and humans: here.

4 thoughts on “Nepal royals stole nature conservation money

  1. Nepali supreme court flogs away ex-King’s horses

    13:02, June 05, 2008

    As the deposed king Gyanendra prepares to quit the Narayanhiti Palace, his horses, kept on ministry premises, also have no option except to leave their stables, local newspaper The Himalayan Times reported on Thursday.

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Nepali government to remove the ex-King’s Cavalry from the premises of Singha Durbar (official seat of the Nepal government) in the capital.

    Issuing a mandamus order on Wednesday, the apex court said stench of horse urine and dung coming out of stables built on premises had affected the health of people living and working in the vicinity.

    A division bench of justices Min Bahadur Rayamajhi and Kalyan Shrestha issued the order.

    The bench has ordered the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet, the Ministry of Defence and the Nepali Army to remove the horses from the Singha Durbar premises.

    “The horse dung and urine stink make it difficult for staffers to work in nearby offices, including those in the Supreme Court and the Nepal Bar Association. This has threatened their right to live in a clean environment,” the bench said.

    Advocate Prakash Mani Sharma, on behalf of the Pro-Public, had filed a Public Interest Litigation challenging the stationing of the former King’s Cavalry in the main administrative center of the state.

    The petitioner had claimed that the Cavalry’s placement in the Singha Durbar violates the constitutional right to live in a clean environment.



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