By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 24 Jun: The Central Academy for State Forest Service is organising six days of training for In-Service SFS Officers and Senior FROs on ‘Biodiversity Conservation for Sustainable Livelihoods’ from 24 to 29 June.
Forest Officers from Karnataka, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are participating in this course.
Dr Rakesh Shah, IFS (Retd), inaugurated the Course and welcomed all the participants. The Principal of the Academy, Kunal Satyarthi, also addressed the participants, stating that, if human beings were to take steps for biodiversity conservation, other such programmes would become formalities only.
Sarita Kumari, Lecturer, is the Course Director for the six-day training. Principal Satyarthi and other faculty members Dr C Ramesh, Abhilash Damodaran, and Anupam Verma, PT&GI, were also present on the occasion.
Dr. Rakesh Shah, ex-chairman, Biodiversity Board, Uttarakhand, inaugurated the programme and said in his inaugural speech that biodiversity in the environment could be managed in a positive manner if human beings would limit their needs.
The programme will provide an Overview of Biodiversity in India, Biodiversity Conservation & Management as per the New Working Plan Code 2014, Reptile Diversity in India, Biodiversity Assessment & Techniques, Impact of River Valley Projects on Biodiversity, etc., along with field trips to HESCO on 25 June, Paonta Sahib on 26 June, Biodiversity Management Committee at Dudhla, Selaqui on 27 June and Dhanaulti on 28 June.