Uttarakhand, which has 70 percent forest area, has the potential to transform the forest wealth and wildlife economy: Governor

Concluding Wildlife Week at Raj Bhavan, Governor said – We have to understand our responsibility towards conservation of forests and wildlife.

Dehradun. Governor Lieutenant General Gurmeet Singh (Seni) said that Uttarakhand, with more than 70 per cent forest land, has the potential to transform our economy through forest wealth and wildlife. There is a need to understand their importance. Also, everyone will have to understand their responsibility towards the conservation of forests and wildlife. The Governor said these things at the closing ceremony of Wildlife Week at Raj Bhavan on Saturday.
He honored the personnel and representatives of community organizations who have done excellent work in the field of wildlife conservation. The Governor also launched a film made on Corbett Tiger Reserve. The Governor said that human-wildlife conflict is a challenge in the state.
We will have to find the solution ourselves. Forest Minister Subodh Uniyal said that without public cooperation, the schemes being run for the conservation of forests and wildlife cannot be fruitful. Agriculture Minister Ganesh Joshi emphasized on making strategy with mutual cooperation by Agriculture and Forest Department. On this occasion, the Governor also released departmental publications, Hindi version of the Central Government’s guidelines on human-buddar conflict mitigation, A Compendium of Best Practices for Secure Himalaya Project and a guide related to the technology of making value-added apple products.
Head of Forest Department, Chief Conservator of Forests Anup Malik, Chief Conservator of Forests Wildlife Dr. Dhananjay Mohan, Chief Conservator of Forests Nishant Verma, Director of Rajaji Tiger Reserve Dr. Saket Badola and other officers and employees were present in the ceremony. They were honored by Dr. Saket Badola, Director of Rajaji Tiger Reserve, DFO Kedarnath Wildlife Division Inder Singh Negi, Assistant Forest Conservator Haridwar Ravindra Pundir, Deputy Forest Range Officer Eco Tourism Pramod Dhyani, Assistant Forest Conservator in-charge Aarti Maithani, Forest Conservator Anand Singh Rawat. Joshimath), Lalit Arya and Rajeev Pandey, Forest Inspector Dharampal Singh Negi (Sarpduli), Brijesh Vishwakarma and Veer Singh Kharola, Uprajik Kishore Goswami, daily wage worker Subhash (Kalagarh), Project Associate Wildlife Prashant Kumar, Veterinary Officer Dr. Himanshu Pangti, Village Head. DS Mehra (Kanalichhina).

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