State Biodiversity Board (SBB) in association with State Forest Research Institute celebrated the World Biological Diversity Day-2017 under theme ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ at Field Research Station, Dagpora Haran, here today.
Joint Director SFRI, Chairman National Society for Protection of Water Resources, Wetlands and Forests, other officers from SFRI, Teachers and students of several schools of Kashmir Valley participated in the programme.
JD SFRI, who was chief guest on the occasion, highlighted importance of such programmes in creating awareness about sustainable biodiversity and tourism in the state.
Several speakers including students also spoke on the occasion and suggested several measures for sustainable tourism, besides preserving the natural resources and biodiversity. They expressed concern over the growing threats that affect the wildlife populations and Biodiversity.
They said well managed tourism sector can contribute significantly in mitigating the negative impacts on Biodiversity through revenue generated from tourism industry.
Appreciating the rich fauna, flora and natural scenic beauty of the State, the chairman said the Jammu and Kashmir has been blessed with numerous natural resources and need of the hour was to protect them and adopt the best suited sustainable mechanism for its sustenance.