‘Need for coordination for conservation of forest, wildlife resources’

SRINAGAR: Faculty of Forestry, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology-Kashmir SKUAST –K on Monday inaugurated ten-days field oriented training programme on the issue of “Forest Fire Emergency Control and Management” at SKUAST Kashmir here at Shalimar, an official handout read.
The event was organised in collaboration with Forest Protection Force (Government of Jammu and Kashmir).
According to the handout, Vice Chancellor (VC) SKUAST-K, Prof Nazeer Ahmed, who was the chief guest on the occasion, in his inaugural address, stressed the need for coordination among the research institutions and line departments of Forest, Forest Protection Force and Wildlife Protection to ensure “effective management and conservation of forest and wildlife resources of our state”.
VC SKUAST-K complimented the organisers for taking this initiative of conducting the much needed field oriented training programme for the first time for final year students of Forestry under FOWEX which is expected to be instrumental in exposing the students to various tools and techniques being used in dealing with various challenges being faced in ensuring effective forest management and conservation, the handout read.
Dean Faculty of Forestry, Prof Fayaz Ahmad Banday stressed upon the students to “take keen interest in learning the new experiences with respect to fire management and emergencies”.
Joint Director Forest Protection Force, Kashmir, Irfan Ali Shah presented a detailed account of forest fire control and management and, provided a brief about the training programme being imparted to the trainee students during the ten days programme, the handout added.