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Forest Department organizes pre-event to celebrate ‘International Day of Forests’

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SRINAGAR: The Urban Forest Division, Srinagar, J&K Forest Department in collaboration with the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Srinagar today organised a pre-event to the main function to celebrate the International Day of Forests on March 21st 2024.

On the occasion, the department organized several events under the theme ‘Forests and Innovation: New Solutions for a Better World’.

This dynamic event saw enthusiastic participation from various stakeholders including Officers and officials of the Forest Department, educators, staff and Paralegal Volunteers of DLSA Srinagar, students of several schools and community members. The students of Amar Singh College Srinagar also participated in the event.

The event commenced with Green March rally kicked-off by Pradeepchandra Wahule, Conservator of Forests, Srinagar Circle in the presence of Jahangir Ahmad Bakshi, Secretary DLSA Srinagar, Dr Mehraj Ahmad Sheikh, DFO Urban Forestry Division, Srinagar, Aarif Nazir Assistant Soil Conservation Officer, Javid Ahmad, Range Officer, S. Park, Zulfi Tasneem Deputy LADC Srinagar, Nazir-be-Nazir, Chairman National Society for Protection of Water Resources, Wetland and other officers of the Urban Forest Division Srinagar.

The rally, a symbol of unity and commitment to environmental conservation, resonated with the spirit of the International Day of Forests.

Following the rally, participants converged at Bal Van, where Pradeep Chandra Wahule, CF Srinagar Circle, spearheaded a plantation drive, underscoring the vital importance of tree planting in sustaining our ecosystems.

Together with the enthusiastic involvement of students, officials of the Forest Department and Para Legal Volunteers of DLSA, Srinagar, the initiative aimed to foster a culture of environmental stewardship among the youth.

Simultaneously, the vibrant energy of creativity filled the air as students showcased their artistic talents in a Painting Competition centred on the theme of ‘Forests and Innovation’. Their compelling artworks served as poignant reminders of the critical role forests play in driving innovation for a sustainable future.

The competition culminated in a heartfelt felicitation ceremony honouring the young artists for their exceptional contributions.

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