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Comm Secy releases ‘Annual Admin Report, Digest of Forest Statistics’

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SRINAGAR : Commissioner  Secretary,  Forest,  Environment  and  Ecology, Sarita Chauhan, today released  the  “Annual  Administration  Report  2018-19  and  Digest  of  Forest  Statistics 2017-19”.

Principal Chief  Conservator  of  Forests, Dr. Mohit  Gera,  Chief Wild Life Warden, Suresh Kumar Gupta, Managing  Director  J&K  Forest  Development  Corporation, Vasu Yadav,  CCF  Kashmir,   Farooq Ahmad  Geelani  CF  Central/Working Plan Circle, Irfan  Ali  Shah,  DFO  Statistics,   Mohammad  Yaseen  and  other concerned officers and officials were present on the occasion.

Commissioner Secretary appreciated    efforts  of the department  in  compiling  voluminous  data  and  information  at  one  place which is an important  indicator  to  gauge  the  outcome  of  various  initiatives  taken up  to  protect and preserve the  forests  of  J&K besides providing solution   to   challenges  faced  by the  department.

She added  that  availability  of  detailed  and  reliable  information    is  a  pre-requisite  for  policy making   and  to  mitigate  the  challenges  like  climate  change, human wild life conflict, livelihoods and meeting the bonafide demands of people.  She  said these  publications  of the department  will  go  a  long way  in facilitating    the  department  to serve the people in a better way.

PCCF, while  highlighting  the  significance  of  these  publications,  said  that  the first  requirement  for  development  planning  is  availability  of practically accurate and authentic data. He added that these publications can further be broadened to include the contribution of forests in meeting SDGs and Gross Domestic Product of the UT of Jammu & Kashmir.

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