Nepal and the United States Establish “Sister Park” Relationship

Denali, named Mount McKinley from 1917 until 2015, is the highest mountain peak in North America. Located in the Alaska Range in the interior of the U.S. state of Alaska, Denali is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith.
June 3, 2016

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a “Sister Park” relationship between Nepal’s Chitwan, Langtang, and Sagarmatha National Parks and Yosemite National Park in the United States. 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.

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.   In conjunction with World Environment Day, established by the United Nations General Assembly on June 5th in 1972, this is an especially important environmental milestone for our two countries.

Through this agreement, Chitwan, Langtang, Sagarmatha and Yosemite will collaborate on the preservation and restoration of natural and cultural resources, visitor education and safety, development of strategies to adapt to climate change; partnership engagement strategies, and implement research, inventorying and monitoring programs necessary to preserve and protect the parks.

“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 U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz.

World Environment Day brings millions of people around the world together to engage in activities that acknowledge the importance of smart and sustainable conservation.