|Growth of self-reliant India concomitant with preservation of Nature|
GUWAHATI, Oct 9 - Growth and development of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ is concomitant with forest, wildlife and biodiversity conservation, experts observed at a webinar on the topic organised by the Press Information Bureau, Guwahati, on Thursday.
A number of experts from the environment fraternity and the government sector along with academicians deliberated on the potential from growth, environment and policy perspectives.
Jadav Payeng, the ‘Forest Man of India’ said that forest was the mother of all living beings in the world. He emphasized that the forest ecosystem was an important component of the value chain of development of the country.
“Forest conservation and afforestation has to be dovetailed for sustainable growth of the country with awareness among people, particularly the youth. Forest conservation is a process which is a planned and coordinated effort with environmental management for the benefit of humans and the ecosystem. Forestry helps in proper environmental balance including rainfall, soil fertility and water level of the region,” he said.
Dr Kushal Konwar Sarma, the ‘Elephant Doctor of Assam,’ said that the occasion of the 150 years celebration of Mahatma Gandhi and celebration of ‘Wildlife Week’ called for responsibility on all citizens of the country to be AtmaNirbhar with the sustainable development of environment ecosystem. He said that Project Elephant and Project Tiger were success stories which were encouraging.
“The country has 17 per cent of the world population and 2.4 per cent land, and therefore, along with growth and development of the country, wildlife and biodiversity conservation are equally imperative,” he said.
Dr Purnima Devi Barman, Green Oscar awardee for her efforts in conserving greater adjutant storks, spoke on ‘International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species’ and the role of the bird in conserving ecosystems and the need for mass awareness to protect the scavenger bird.
Naresh Chander Lal, Ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Andamaan and Nicobar Island, said that Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan was correlated with the country’s growth and development and particularly with the sustainable development of forest ecosystem. He added that pollution and deforestation had to be tackled in a planned manner through afforestation and utilisation of eco-friendly technology.