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Wildlife Week celebration starts with Swachh Abhiyan in Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Series of activities scheduled involving PRIs, students, nature enthusiasts: PCCF

JAMMU: Wildlife Week is celebrated from 2nd to 8th October all over the country. In Jammu and Kashmir, the celebration of Wildlife Week started with Swachh Abhiyan at Manda Trail in Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary.

While kickstarting the week-long programme, Suresh Kumar Gupta, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), said that the aim of this programme was to raise awareness about the conservation of nature and, in particular, wildlife among the masses. He mentioned that the conservation of wildlife is very important for the maintenance of ecosystem balance.

During the Swachh Abhiyan at Manda Trail in Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary, people from different walks of life including students, youth, retired officers, nature enthusiasts, Academia, NGOs and staff of different wings of the Forest Department participated.

The participants cleaned the Manda Trail as part of Swachh Abhiyan with the twin objectives of Wildlife Week and the Gandhi Jayanti celebration.

Gupta also mentioned various programmes like cleanliness drives, painting competitions, seminars, trekking events, nature walks etc, being organized by the Wildlife Divisions throughout the Union Territory. He said that the programmes are being organized with the participation of students, youth, PRI members, NGOs and nature enthusiasts. “The department is trying to rope in all stakeholders for this noble cause.”

Wildlife Week celebration programmes are also focused on communities living on the fringe of various Wildlife Protected Areas so that their full cooperation is received by the department with regard to protection and conservation efforts.

In Kashmir Region, the Wildlife Week celebration started with Swachh Abhiyan at Dachigam National Park in which students, PRI members, NGOs, Eco-guides and staff of the department besides nature enthusiasts participated. The Swachh Abhiyan was followed by an interaction session in the Nature Interpretation Center.

The programme ended with an interactive session at Nature Interpretation Centre Manda, where a poster on vultures was released by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) along with Dr. Kumar MK Regional Wildlife Warden, Jammu, Professor Jashpal, Dr. Neeraj from the University of Jammu, Anil Atri & Amit Sharma Wildlife Wardens and Guldev Raj, Head Himalayan Avian.

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