‘There’s An Urgent Need To Step Up The Fight Against Wildlife Crime’

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Glimpses of Wildlife Week 2020 in Srinagar

Wildlife Week is celebrated every year between October 1 and 8. The annual theme of the campaign is to promote the preservation of fauna – i.e. animal life.

Srinagar: With a soulful treat of cycling, trekking and thought-provoking talk on the importance of conservation, the Wildlife Week 2020 was celebrated on Monday at Dachigam National park.

Wildlife Week is celebrated every year between October 1 and 8. The annual theme of the campaign is to promote the preservation of fauna – i.e. animal life.

This year taking all the Covid protocols in consideration, the Department of Wildlife, Kashmir had organized an event in collaboration with the Department of Tourism to kick start the week-long affair which includes various activities and workshops.

“Kashmir’s richness in terms of wildlife is unmatched and this annual affair celebrates the same through the wildlife week,” Rashid Naqash, Regional Wildlife Warden Kashmir, said.

“Here, we have organized various activities that involve and hope to connect the valleyites with the nature,” he added.

Seconding him, Director Tourism Kashmir, Nisar Ahmad Wani, said that the department of forests/wildlife should collaborate with the tourism department to promote the tourism sector as well.

“Further, throughout Wildlife Week, experts conduct hands-on workshops to bring the more complex aspects of wildlife conservation within the reach and understanding of all age groups,” he said.

Meanwhile, Wildlife Warden Central Altaf Hussain said the week is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that their conservation provides to people.

“At the same time, the week reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and human-induced reduction of species, which have wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts,” he said.

Wildlife Week was conceptualized in 1952 with the overall goal of raising awareness to serve the long-term goal of safeguarding the lives of wildlife through critical action.

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