Srinagar- Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Tuesday directed officials to take proactive steps to protect wildlife and its habitat and called for greater coordination among the stakeholders must be ensured to dismantle the nexus of poachers.
Sinha passed these directions while chairing 4th meeting of Wildlife Board for the UT of J&K, at Civil Secretariat here on Tuesday. Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal Secretary, Forest Department Dheeraj Gupta, Special DG (Crime) A.K. Choudhary and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Roshan Jaggi also attended the meeting.
The LG congratulated the officers and other stakeholders on the declaration of Shallabugh and Hygam as Ramsar Sites. With this development, the Union Territory ranks 4th in the country in terms of largest network of wetlands.
Sinha lauded the efforts to conserve and protect precious wildlife of J&K UT and called for proper utilization of natural resources, promotion of trekking routes, and strategy for effective and efficient mitigation of human-wildlife conflict.
He also directed for taking proactive steps to protect wildlife and its habitat.
“Greater coordination among the stakeholders must be ensured to dismantle the nexus of poachers,” he said.
“Integrated development of wildlife habitats should be our top priority. Our efforts must focus on strengthening ecological integrity, and conservation of priceless resources through people’s participation,” he added.
The LG also appraised the action taken on the directions passed in the previous meeting.
The Board also discussed the development of city forests in Jammu and Srinagar, and accorded approvals to several agenda points including developing amenities for travelers along Mughal road.
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