ESTABLISHED: 1 October 1992
MISSION: It is the duty of the Council to formulate policies and plans related to environmental conservation and to coordinate environmental programmes. The Council will: a) determine policies for national heritage conservation and management; b) investigate the effectiveness or potential adverse effects of environmental plans, and prepare reports for the public; c) assess the environmental and social impacts of projects likely to have significant effects on the environment in order to adopt required mitigation measures, and closely involve in these assessments the individuals, communities, agencies, or institutions most likely to be affected by such projects; d) coordinate the ministries of His Majesty's Government with regard to environmental issues; e) monitor international efforts towards environmental protection and sustainable development; f) review existing environmental laws and make necessary reforms; g) establish national environmental standards for pollution control and ensure their implementation; h) monitor the status of the environment in order to assess environmental trends and maintain environmental quality and standards; i) implement the National Conservation Strategy with periodic necessary revisions; and j) perform other necessary functions.
a. COMPOSITION (Number of members per sector):
Ministries and governmental agencies: 15 Non-Governmental Organizations: 0 Academic/Research Institutions: 4 Business/Productive Sector: 0 Others: 3 TOTAL NUMBER OF MEMBERS: 22
b. LIST OF MEMBERS/ORGANIZATIONS:
CHAIR: Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Man Mohan Adhikari Hon. Minister Radhakrishna Mainali, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Land Reforms and Management Hon. Minister Chandra Prakash Mainali, Ministry of Local Development and Ministry of Supplies Hon. Minister Modnath Prashrit, Minister of Education, Culture, and Social Welfare Hon. Minister Padam Ratna Tuladhar, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labour Hon. State Minister Ashok Kumar Rai, Ministry of Works and Transport Hon. State Minister Shalim Miya Ansari, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation Hon. State Minister Prem Singh Dhami, Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning Hon. State Minister Bhim Bahadur Rawal, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. State Minister Hari Prasad Pandey, Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Water Resources Hon. Dr. Mangal Siddhi Manandhar, Vice-Chairman, National Planning Commission Hon. Sharad Singh Bhandari, Chairman, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, House of Representatives Hon. Dr. Kailash Nath Pyakuryal, Member, National Planning Commission Dr. Kedar Lal Shrestha, Vice-chancellor, Royal Nepal Academy for Science and Technology Dr. Iswor Prasad Upadhyay, Chief Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat Dr. Krishna Kumar Pandey, Coordinator, Jara Juri Trust Dr. (Mrs.) Jivan Shrestha, Professor of Zoology, T. U. Dr. Pramod Kumar Jha, Associate Professor of Botany, T. U. Dr. Prahlad Yonzon, Coordinator, Resources Nepal Dr. Mahendra Kumar Giri, Chief, Natural History Museum, T. U. Mr. Keshar Bahadur Bista, Politician/Social Worker MEMBER SECRETARY: Mr. Surya Man Shakya, Chief, Environment Protection Division, National Planning Commission.