| August 19, 2017
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Nepal, US establish 'sister park' relationship

KATHMANDU, June 3: An understanding has been reached to establish "sister parks" relationships between Nepal's Chitwan, Langtang and Sagarmatha National Parks and the Yosemite National Park of the US.

The US Embassy in Kathmandu issued a press release on Friday and made the announcement. "This relationship between national parks is designed to promote bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of these parks by increasing information sharing and direct park-to-park contacts to address common problems such as pollution, invasive species, plant and animal disease and vanishing cultural heritage," stated the US Embassy.

According to the US Embassy, the "sister park" arrangement also provides a forum for collaboration on shared research and monitoring and enriches the experience and training of park personnel through international exchanges.

"Yosemite, Langtang, and Sagarmatha are rooted in dramatic mountain ranges that support diverse ecological communities, immense natural resources, and centuries of human history. These parks in both nations are also strong economic engines for their surrounding communities, but similarly face increased challenges from development, illegal activities, population growth, and climate change," said US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B Teplitz.