Srinagar, June 05 (Scoop News) –The Governor, N. N. Vohra today pointed to the need of keeping in view that human life is an integral part of nature and human survival is most closely linked with the conservation and protection of biodiversity. He added that human existence is dependent on water resources, agriculture, forests, wildlife and all other elements of the environment, adding that there has to be a fine balance between economic activity and environmental conservation.
The Governor, as Chief Guest, was addressing the valedictory session of the 3-day “International Conference on Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation vis-à-vis Climate Change”, organized by the
Vohra emphasized the need for formulation of a comprehensive roadmap for wildlife and biodiversity conservation, stressing that the developmental process must be in complete harmony with the dictates of ecological balance if it is to be productive and sustainable. He also called for a well-coordinated, cohesive and collective approach by all the stakeholders to achieve the desired results.
The Governor congratulated the Vice Chancellor and his colleagues for organizing this Conference, which is the second conference within a year on an important and highly relevant topic. He said that adopting an integrated approach for conservation of wildlife and biodiversity, various aspects of wildlife management, adverse impact of climate change on the biodiversity and the crucial importance of maintaining the balance of the eco systems, on which human livelihood depends, require increased attention.
The Governor stressed the high importance of enhancing the green cover and the restoration of degraded forests besides ensuring against the diversion of agriculture land for non-agri purposes as well as the conservation of water bodies.
Referring to the recommendations of the Conference, the Governor urged the Vice Chancellor, SKUAST, Prof. Anwar Alam to urgently transmit these to the State Government for very early action.
The Governor felicitated the participants who had made scholarly presentations during the technical sessions. He interacted with them on the themes they had selected for presentations and their areas of specialization.
The Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir said that the climate change and environment degradation are serious challenges confronting the humanity. He said that conservation of wildlife and biodiversity is the need of the hour and organizing this Conference is most timely and beneficial to all the stakeholders.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Anwar Alam in his address dwelt on the 14 recommendations, emerging from the technical sessions of the Conference. He said that the Conference was spread over 7 technical sessions deliberating on as many themes in which 102 papers were presented by the experts.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Director Research and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Conference, Prof. A. R. Tarag threw light on the aims and objects of this scientific event.
The Organising Secretary of the Conference, Dr. Khurshid Ahmad presented a Vote of Thanks.
Prominent among those present on the occasion were the Commissioner/Secretary, Forests, Shantmanu, Deputy Counsellor, Culture, Embassy of Iraq, Dr. Nadhim Sulaiman Abdul Aziz, senior officers, scientists and experts from within and outside the country.