Jammu – The Wildlife Week organised by the Wild Life Protection Department concluded here today with the participation of a large number of students, teachers and representatives of Non Government Organisations (NGOs), besides officers of Wildlife and Forest Departments, at the valedictory function held at Manda near Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary Jammu.
Chief Wildlife Warden J&K A.K. Singh was the chief guest and . Ravi Kaser Chief Conservator of Forests Jammu was the guest of honour.
On the concluding day various schools including Govt. Girls HSS Kachi Chowni, Govt. High School Ghass Mandi, SOS Village Channi Rama, New Era Environmental HSS, Govt. High School Bathandi, Ved Mindir Bal Nekaten School Amphalla, J.P. World School Channi Jammu, K.B. Memorial Public HSS bye pass Jammu visited Manda Deer Park and participated in painting competition and cultural programme. The theme of the painting competition was wildlife conservation
Asif M. Sager, Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Jammu, in his welcome address highlighted the importance of conservation of wildlife and its habitat. He informed that the purpose of the week celebrations was to create awareness among the people, particularly student community about importance of wildlife and other environment/ conservation issues with special thrust on people residing in and around wildlife protected areas, schools, colleges and villagers.
The Chief Wildlife Warden J&K Government . A.K. Singh, while addressing the gathering, highlighted various burning issues of environmental importance and appealed the people to contribute towards conservation of natural resources by adopting eco-friendly lifestyle. He informed the gathering that the state government was taking keen interest in safeguarding the natural heritage and various projects for conservation of endangered species like snow leopard, Hangul and Markhor have been launched by the Wildlife Department to protect the endangered species and their habitat. He further revealed that about 16000 square kilometers of the land area in J&K state has been brought under protected area net work in the shape of 5 national parks, 14 sanctuaries and 37 conservation reserves including 16 wetlands.
Ravi Kasser, Chief Conservator of Forests, while addressing the gathering laid emphasis on conservation of forest to safe guard the habitat of wild animals.
Tahir Shawl Wildlife Warden Jammu gave a brief account of weeklong programmes and presented vote of thanks.
P.P Sharma retired PCCF, . S.D. Swantrata retired PCCF, Dr. C.M. Seth retired Chief Conservator of Forests, . Roshan Jaggi Conservator of Forests Jammu, . B.M Sharma Joint Director and Divisional Officers were also presents.
During the week various functions and programmes targeting students and local communities in and around Wildlife Protected areas of Jammu were organized at Manda Deer Park/ Zoo Jammu, Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary, Sudhmahdev Conservation Reserves, MansarSurinsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary and Thein Conservation Reserve and other parts of the state. The week long programme included painting competitions, culture programmes, symposia, trekking and village meets.
The Chief Guest gave away prizes to the students who won the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and consolation prizes in painting competition and culture programme held today. The detail of winners is as below.
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