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Union Minister inaugurates bio-diversity workshop at SKICC

Ziraat Times News Network

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 07: Union Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Bhupender Yadav today inaugurated a one day workshop on Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change-‘Sharing Knowledge and Actions’ at SKICC here.

Speaking during the inaugural session of the workshop, Mr Yadav said that biodiversity will be conserved only when we strengthen the local community. He added that conservation of forests and local community are deeply interconnected and therefore it is important to strengthen the local community for conservation of biodiversity.

The Union Minister said that the PRI institutions and other local community representatives should be involved in their respective areas for preservation of biodiversity.

The Minister appreciated the role of Forest and sister Departments and advised them to involve the last person in delivering mechanism so that the participation of the most deprived is ensured for the success of biodiversity conservation. He lauded the efforts of the Forest Department for constituting the Biodiversity Management Committees and linking them with the Village Panchayats.

He also lauded the efforts of Forest Department for taking initiates towards strengthening the frontline forest force, and also appreciated the film “Jungle Ke Rakhwale” focusing on their sacrifices.

While referring to the workshop on Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change, Mr Yadav highlighted the achievements of India towards meeting her Nationally Determined Contributions, achievements in International Solar Alliance as well as in renewable energy.

During the workshop, a compendium on “Foresters Training Course” as well as brochure on “Protection and Conservation of Water Bodies: Use of Bio-Fencing and Catchment Area Treatment” was also released by the Minister. Also a short film titled “Jungle Ke Rakhwale” which shows the challenges faced by the front line forest staff and depict their hard duties and sacrifices was also released and showcased on the occasion.

On the occasion, the Minster also planted a Chinar sapling in the lawns of SKICC.

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