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UCOST celebrates International Biodiversity Day

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By OUR STAFF REPORTER

Dehradun, 22 May: The Uttarakhand Council for Science and Technology (UCOST), in collaboration with the Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board, celebrated today the International Biodiversity Day at the Regional Science Centre, UCOST, here. The main theme of this programme was ‘Be a part of the Plan’.

Padma Bhushan awardee Dr Anil Prakash Joshi, an environmentalist and Green Activist, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Dr DP Uniyal, Joint Director, UCOST, welcomed all the guests and expressed his views on biodiversity conservation. He said that the success of science-based campaigns depends on public awareness and participation.

Member Secretary, Biodiversity Board, RK Mishra gave information about the functions, goals and upcoming proposal of the Biodiversity Management Committee. He said that nature conservation is the responsibility of all.

A short film was also screened to give information about the work done by the Biodiversity Board in various areas in the past years and the proposed biodiversity sites.

The winners of the State Emblem Photography Competition organised by the Board and the Art Competition, Slogan Competition and Essay Writing Competition organised in various schools were also honoured at the programme.

On this occasion, Rakesh Khatri, Nest Man of India, informed everyone about his work and said that they can also help the environment by arranging nests and feeders for birds.

Prof Durgesh Pant, Director General, UCOST, said, “We should move from being consumers of nature to becoming servants of nature.” He spoke about the interconnectedness of life on Earth, quoting the phrase, “Earth is our Mother and I am her Child”.

Then a short film made on Shitalakhet and the biodiversity conservation organised there was also screened and information about various programmes and new initiatives like Aun Diwas, etc., conducted in the area by Mahatim Yadav and Gajendra Pathak was given.

Dr Dhananjay Mohan, Chairman of the Biodiversity Board, said that people should look at the forest area as an area of learning. He said that more areas like Anand Van should be developed which will serve as learning areas.

Chief Guest Dr Anil Prakash Joshi expressed his views on the biodiversity of the Himalayan region and its conservation. He said that only with balance between ecology and economy can there be all-round development. He said that the Himalayan region, apart from being a hotspot of biodiversity, is also very sensitive from the point of view of natural disasters, hence the role of science-based development in this region further increases. The important role of local communities has to be recognised and attention paid to their skill development and capacity building. Data based research is needed in the field of environmental protection.

There was also a photo exhibition organised by the Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board.

Dr. Manmohan Rawat, Scientific Officer, UCOST, proposed the vote of thanks.

Director Rajaji National Park, Dr Saket Badola, officials of Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board, Forest Department officials, members of Biodiversity Conservation Committee, officers and employees of UCOST and Regional Science Centre and more than two hundred students from various schools and colleges were also present on the occasion.