LG Sinha inaugurates Wildlife Week 2021; e-inaugurates online registration authorization for Dachigam; Hangul Eco-Stop near Parimahal
- J & K’s fauna has rich and rare assets in its flora and fauna, its biodiversity and its wildlife sanctuaries; UT government pays special attention to the conservation and protection of invaluable natural resources, according to LG
- We need the perfect balance between Digital River and Natural River in a rapidly changing world: LG
- LG publishes Hangul census report, brochures on trekking routes
- J & K’s Wildlife video and projected human-animal conflict awareness jingle
SRINAGAR, October 2: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated Wildlife Week 2021 which will be celebrated October 2-8, today at SKICC.
The lieutenant governor also e-inaugurated the online entry authorization to Dachigam National Park, Hangul Eco-Stop near Parimahal, and released the Hangul census report and trekking route brochures.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lieutenant Governor said that watching J&K Wildlife Week with the rest of the country is a sincere effort to educate people about protecting valuable wildlife resources.
“J & K’s fauna has rich and rare assets in the form of its flora and fauna, its biodiversity and its wildlife reserves. The government pays special attention to the conservation and protection of invaluable natural resources, ”he added.
The lieutenant governor said the government has opened Dachigam National Park to the public, and for ease of access, permission will be granted through an online portal operated by J&K Forest & Wildlife Department. We have also opened several hiking routes to promote ecotourism in Jammu Kashmir, he added.
Wildlife plays an invaluable role in sustaining human life and other life forms. The basic premise of our culture has been the coexistence of nature and human civilization, but unfortunately the indiscriminate use of natural resources has gradually turned this coexistence into human-animal conflict, the lieutenant governor observed.
We need the perfect balance between Digital River and Natural River in a rapidly changing world. With a dedication to the conservation of forests, wildlife and the environment, we can meet our responsibility to manage human-animal conflict and climate change, the Lieutenant Governor said.
The lieutenant governor while recalling the observation of Mahatma Gandhi on the deterioration of the wildlife ecosystem called for the launch of a mass movement with the help of public representatives to conserve our biodiversity.
The spirit of preserving wildlife should be part of our daily life. There is an urgent need to protect our new generation from the threat posed by climate change, said the Lieutenant Governor.
The lieutenant governor congratulated the Forestry and Wildlife Department for the new initiatives, the new resolutions aimed at preserving and protecting the wildlife ecosystem. It is the result of hard stakeholder efforts that today J & K’s total green coverage is over 50%, he said.
In order to conserve and protect wildlife, the government notified 11.5% of the total geographic area, which is well above the national average of 5.5%, the lieutenant governor added.
Lt Governor also inspected the stalls set up by the Department of Wildlife Protection. A J&K wildlife video clip and an animated jingle on the human-wild animal conflict were also screened on the occasion.
Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta during a speech on the occasion highlighted the importance of the wildlife and biodiversity of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. He called for community participation in wildlife conservation efforts to ensure forest and wildlife areas are plastic-free. He also advised to involve schools in conservation efforts by forming Eco-clubs.
Sanjeev Verma, Government Commissioner / Secretary, Department of Forestry, Ecology and Environment, briefed on the various activities undertaken by the Department of Wildlife.
Mohit Gera, Senior Chief Conservator of Forests and HoFF, spoke about the importance of Wildlife Week and the forestry department’s efforts to address human-wildlife conflict, in addition protection and conservation of wildlife habitats.
Suresh Kr. Gupta, Chief Wildlife Warden, J&K in his welcoming speech gave a historical perspective on wildlife conservation in Jammu and Kashmir, major achievements after the implementation of the Wildlife Protection Act , 1972 in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and various initiatives taken by the ministry for conservation and protection of wildlife.
Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan, Commissioner, SMC In addition to senior officials of the UT administration, members of civil society were present on occasion.