And it will stay there for quite a while.
A helicopter crashed in Nepal, carrying 4 crew and 20 passengers, including 7 staffers from the WWF (World Wildlife is the US branch), as well as staff from USAID and the Nepalese government, among others. It’s a huge loss for WWF, one of the movement’s foremost organizations.
Here’s the link.
The Nepalese government also lost several high-ranking officials in the crash. The statement says:
The country has lost its Minister of State for Forests and Soil Conservation, the Secretary of that Ministry, the Director General of National Parks and Wild Life Conservation, the Director General of Forests, several of its most distinguished defenders of natural resources and overseas specialists who were champions for conservation in Nepal.
Nature conservation in the country will suffer a severe setback.
All our condolences to the families of the lost, and our fervent hope that the efforts in Nepal are carried on in spite of the loss.