SILCHAR, May 24 - Expressing concerns over the withering of biodiversity, experts from the academia and administration echoed the need for biodiversity conservation.In the session of sharing ideas on ‘Wither Biodiversity Conservation’ organised by the Centre for Biodiversity and Natural Resource Conservation of the Department of Ecology and Environment Sciences at Assam University Silchar, participants including administrative and Forest officials, academicians, students and planters were of the view that people must be made aware that they are a part of the biodiversity and not ‘apart’ from it.
While the students of the department pleaded for a participatory approach to deal with the challenges to biodiversity conservation in the session chaired by Dr Parthankar Choudhury, director of the Centre for Biodiversity, faculty members from Life Sciences and Ecology and other participants advocated for a forum which would have members from the district administration and academia to look into the issues with more clarity.
Interestingly, the degradation caused to the nature due to unchecked exploitation of the river bed was raised loud and clear in the session.
In response to the questions on mining, the Deputy Commissioner said that the District level Environment Impact Assessment Committee which has representation from Assam University’s Department of Earth Sciences monitors the factors on mining. On the other hand, Cachar DFO Sunny Deo Choudhury said that the Department is following the guidelines of the MOEF and vigil is being maintained on the actions liable to hamper the ecosystem.
Earlier, addressing the inaugural session, the Deputy Commissioner said, “When we talk of conservation, our selections and rejections based on our needs affect the nature in a big way.” In his words, the selective protection and selective destruction pose the biggest threat to biodiversity.
Vice Chancellor of Assam University Prof Dilip Chandra Nath said, “Development of a nation depends lies in a prosperous biodiversity and a breach in the biodiversity hits the health condition of the human habitat.” He urged the participants of the discussion to analyse the factors affecting the biodiversity in southern Assam and work out an solution.
Dr Parthankar Choudhury, who is also the HoD, Department of Ecology and Environment Sciences, said that steps would be taken to ensure that the greenery within the university campus should be made encroachment-free for biodiversity conservation. He said that a resolution of the discussion will be sent to the administration, Department of Forests and authorities of Assam University.