‘Govt exploring external funding for Wullar conservation’

JAMMU: Commissioner Secretary, Forest, Environment and Ecology Department, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi Friday said that the conservation and management of Wullar Lake is a priority of the Government and external funding is being explored for this purpose.
He held these views during a review meeting in which scope of work under various components of conservation and management was discussed.
The meeting was attended by the Chief Executive Officer, J&K ERA, Avny Lawasa, Dr. Mohit Gera, PCCF, Sidhartha Kumar, Director Social Forestry, T Rabi Kumar, CCF Central, Parveen Kumar Ragav, Special Secrtary, (Technical) and Parvaiz Ahmad Handoo, Director Planning, Forest and other officers.
During the meeting, the possibility of external funding was discussed with CEO, J&K ERA for the efficient conservation and management of this internationally important wetland designated as Ramsar Site by UNESCO.
It was said in the meeting that J&K ERA will assist the Forest Department in getting the comprehensive DPR prepared through domain expert consultant agency as per the templates accepted by these external funding agencies.

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