Ludhiana, December 29, 2015: Punjab Biodiversity Board, Chandigarh in collaboration with District Administration, Ludhiana organized a District level Training and Capacity Building Programme on Issues pertaining to the Biodiversity and implementation of Biological Diversity Act, 2002 in the State with special reference to District Ludhiana at Circuit House, here today. Mr Surjit Singh Sahota, Divisional Forest Officer, Ludhiana, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Punjab Biodiversity Board is undertaking various activities towards the implementation of Biodiversity Act, 2002 throughout the State. In the direction, 22 District level Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs), 4 Block Level BMCs and 33 Village level BMCs u/s 41 have been constituted for effective enforcement of BDA, 2002. District level Biodiversity Management Committee of Ludhiana is presently functioning under the chairmanship of Mr. Supreet Singh Gulati, IAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development). Keeping in mind the rich biodiversity in Machhiwara forests, recently the Block level BMC of Block Machhiwara is also constituted.
The aim of the programme was to raise awareness and enhance the capacities of the Senior Officers of District Administration, Personnel of various relevant District level Departments, Academicians and Pro-active NGOs of District, Ludhiana on present status of biodiversity of the State, its associated challenges, conservation and Biological Diversity Act, 2002. More than 80 participants including Officers/Officials of District Administration, representatives from Departments of Forest & Wildlife, Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, etc., Academicians and Pro-active NGOs attended the programme.
Mr. Surjit Singh Sahota, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Ludhiana inaugurated the programme and gave presidential remarks. He highlighted that biodiversity forms the foundation upon which human civilization depends and is essential for maintaining the basic life processes and for performing environmental services. He further informed that population pressure, industrialization, intensive agricultural and extensive use of natural resources are, however, leading to loss of biological resources.
On the occasion, Dr. Rupali Bal, Scientist, Punjab Biodiversity Board highlighted important provisions of BDA, 2002 towards biodiversity conservation, its sustainable use and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of use of bio-resources and its associated traditional knowledge. She further apprised about various efforts being undertaken by PBB in the direction of conservation of biodiversity of the State.
Dr. Avtar Singh, an eminent taxonomist, Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana gave a presentation on “Flora of Ludhiana District: Status & Issues”. Dr. Simerjeet Kaur, Assistant Animal Scientist, GADVASU, Ludhiana delivered a lecture on “Domesticated Animal Diversity of Punjab: Status, Challenges & Conservation Initiatives”.
In interactive session, the concerns for conservation of Biodiversity rich areas outside protected Area Network in District Ludhiana were also discussed. The programme was concluded with brainstorming on the actions to be taken for conservation of the biodiversity of District Ludhiana based on the important recommendations brought out from inter-departmental discussions. A special exhibition on Biodiversity of Punjab was also setup by Punjab Biodiversity Board to create mass awareness.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015