Wildlife Week Celebration Begins with Swachh Abhiyan at Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Series of scheduled activities involving PRI, students, nature lovers: PCCF

JAMMU: Wildlife Week is celebrated from October 2 to 8 across the country. In Jammu and Kashmir, the wildlife week celebration has started with Swachh Abhiyan at Manda Trail in Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary.

At the launch of the week-long program, Suresh Kumar Gupta, Senior Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), said the aim of the program was to create awareness among the masses about nature conservation and, in particular, to wildlife. He mentioned that wildlife conservation is very important for maintaining the balance of the ecosystem.

During Swachh Abhiyan to Manda Trail in Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary, people from different walks of life including students, youths, retired officers, nature enthusiasts, academics, NGOs and staff of different wings of the Forestry Department participated.

Participants cleared the Manda Trail as part of Swachh Abhiyan with the dual purpose of Wildlife Week and Gandhi Jayanti celebration.

Gupta also mentioned various programs such as cleanliness campaigns, painting competitions, seminars, treks, nature walks, etc., organized by wildlife divisions across the Union territory. He said the programs are organized with the participation of students, young people, PRI members, NGOs and nature enthusiasts. “The department is trying to mobilize all stakeholders for this worthy cause.”

The Wildlife Week celebration programs also focus on communities living on the fringes of various wildlife protected areas so that their full cooperation is received by the ministry regarding protection and conservation efforts.

In the Kashmir region, the Wildlife Week celebration started with Swachh Abhiyan at Dachigam National Park, attended by students, PRI members, NGOs, eco-guides and department staff as well only nature lovers. The Swachh Abhiyan was followed by an interactive session at the Nature Interpretation Centre.

The program ended with an interactive session at the Manda Nature Center where a Vulture Poster was released by the Senior Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) with Dr Kumar MK Regional Wildlife Warden, Jammu, Prof. Jashpal, Dr. Neeraj from University. from Jammu, Anil Atri & Amit Sharma Wildlife Wardens and Guldev Raj, Head Himalayan Avian.

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