Padder calls for formulating more conservation projects
Jammu and Kashmir News
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 2: Seeking people’s cooperation in conserving rich biodiversity of the state, Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology, Mr Bali Bhagat today said that Jammu and Kashmir is blessed with 5 National Parks, 14 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 35 Wildlife Conservation reserves spread over an area of about 16,000 Sq KMs. He said there is also a huge protected are in the State with wide variety of flora and fauna.
Speaking at a function here at the launch Wildlife Week, Mr Bhagat said forests and wildlife play vital role in maintaining environment balance. He said that protecting environment is most important issue, adding that change in environment is happening due to degradation and depletion of forests. The survival of man is dependent on forests and wildlife, he added.
The Minister of State for Forest Mr. Abdul Majeed Padder was also present on the occasion.
Mr. Paddar, in his address, appreciated the enthusiasm and interest of young generation towards preservation and protection of wildlife and biodiversity. He appealed the stakeholders to make the state green and safe haven for its rich biodiversity. He asked the concerned for preparing more projects for conservation and preservation of wildlife and wetlands. He said laying barbed wires along the forests can also be helpful in saving the lives of wild animals.
PCCF, A K Singh and Chief Wildlife Warden also spoke on the occasion and briefed about the steps taken by the department with regard to Eco-Tourism activities, besides research, survey telemetry and placement of high definition cameras.
Chairman, National Society for protection of Water Resources, Wetlands and Forests Nazir Benazir called for constituting eco-development Committees, Environment club and Honourary wildlife Wardens, saying that these would go a long way in conservation and preservation of wildlife, forests and wetlands.
The Ministers distributed prizes among the winners of inter-school essay and painting competitions.
The students presented colorful cultural programme and skits on conservation of wildlife, man-animal conflict which was highly applauded by the audiences.
Among others Principal Secretary Mr. R K Gupta, Senior officers of forest and allied wing, representative of NGOs and students were present on the occasion.