Train Biodiversity Committee Members, Chairman DDC Budgam Urges PCCF

Chairman District Development Council Budgam Nazir Ahmad Khan | File Photo

Srinagar- Chairman District Development Council Budgam Nazir Ahmad Khan has urged upon the Principal Chief Conservator Forests J&K Mohit Gera, who is also the Chairperson of J&K Biodiversity Council, to hold capacity building workshops for the District Biodiversity Management Committee that has been constituted early this year.

Chairman DDC Budgam in a written communication to PCCF J&K said that the District Biodiversity Management committee has a great role in conservation of biodiversity but as the newly constituted committee in Budgam isn’t able to work on the ground as they have not been trained how to work in the district for protection and conservation of biodiversity.

The official communication from DDC Chairman Budgam reads, “Kindly recall that on your request the District Biodiversity Management Committee Budgam was constituted early this year. The role of this institution is of paramount importance in view of preservation and conservation of our biodiversity. In Spite of the fact that the District Biodiversity Management committee Budgam consists of highly educated members with great experience and track record ,  not a single training workshop has been conducted for this committee till date as such they are able to deliver at all.  These committees should be made operational across J&K, otherwise constituting them only on papers cannot be helpful in managing and conserving our biological diversity “

Pertinently in most of the districts Biodoveristy Managment Committees have been constituted after being nominated by Chairman DDCs on the advise of PCCF J&K who is also the Chairperson Biodiversity Council J&K, but the committees are unaware of their role and work as they are not being trained how to implement the Biodiversity Act 2002.

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