Valley Celebrates Wildlife Week

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Srinagar – For conservation and preservation of Wildlife and their habitual, the NationalSociety for Protection of Water Resources, Wetlands and Forests has framed a week long programme all over the Valley to create awareness and importance of conservation of wildlife among the people particularly to the students.

Rahi Public School, Gund Hassi Bhat Srinagar in collaboration with National Society for Protection of Water Resources, Wetlands and Forests celebrated the Wildlife Week-2012 to focus attention of the people particularly the youth for conservation and preservation of wild life and their habitual. The society has framed a week long programme all over the Valley to create awareness among the people, particularly the students about the importance of conservation of wildlife.

In this connection a function was held at Rahi Public School, Gund Hassi Bhat Lawaypora in collaboration with National Society for Protection of Water Resources, Wetlands and Forests, local people, NGO’s and Senior Citizens of the area had participated.

On the occasion, the Chairman of the Society, . Nazir Benazir appeal to all section of the society particularly citizens of the valley, Students, NGO’s, Religious and Social Organizations to play a positive role in campaign for protection of wild life and forests because forests and wildlife resources have been facing several challenges. The ecological balance of hilly state like Jammu & Kashmir is dependent on the forests and wildlife resources, he added that the wildlife represents an important link in the food chain and it is this chain that guarantees the survival of life on this planet. Our natural resources have been subjected to tremendous pressure by ever-increasing population, urbanization and industrialization. The wild life habitats have shrunk as a result of such human activities as ruthless clearance of forests, draining wetland and construction of dams and barrages for irrigation and generation of the electricity. In this process many species of wild life have become endangered, and some of them even have become extinct, round about 190 species have disappeared from the earth during last 2000 years. On the occasion of the wildlife week 2012 we put an immediate check to theses evil activities and measures should be undertaken on priority for conservation of wildlife and forests.

Minister for Forest, Environment and Wildlife, Mian A1taf Ahmad has taken a series of measures for conservation of forest and the wildlife there in.
On the Wildlife Week celebration symposium/debate was held on the subject “Conservation of Wildlife and its habitat” painting competition was also held in which 100 students of various schools participated.

Chairman, AI-Mustafa Islamic Library, Maulavi Mohammad Yousuf Mir highlighted the importance of the flora and fauna with special reference with Islam. General Secretary of the Society, . Rahi Riyaz in his speech said that our wetlands like Hokersar, Mirgund, Hugam and Shallbagh in it constitute very fragile eco-system.

A large number of migratory wintering birds from as far as Northern Europe, Siberia, China and Central Asia flock to these wetlands. These migratory birds add to the colour and beauty of the valley.

Unfortunately these wetlands have been subjected to tremendous pressure on account of the human activities like encroachment, grazing and demand of fodder, fuel, fish and willow wicker. A number of flood channels were diverted in these wetlands in the past which resulting in trapping of the huge sediment load and severe and heavy used infestation.
The function was also attended by Ward Officer SMC, Mohammad Yaseen Ahanger and social activist Shabir Hussain Mir both of them on the occasion said that wildlife and forest are our national asset and it is our duty to preserver these for positively.

The Principal, Rahi Public School . Mohammad Rafiq Sofi conducted the proceeding of the function and thanks to the participants.

The function was conclude with the slogan” Protect Forest and Wildlife” let planet be green and keep lakhs and wetlands clean. (Observer News Service)

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