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International Forest Day Celebrated In Dachigam

International Forest Day Celebrated In Dachigam

On the occasion of International Day of Forests, Department of Wildlife Protection, Jammu and Kashmir Government in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) conducted an awareness cum plantation drive in and around the prestigious Dachigam National Park.

Photo: Wildlife Conservation Fund.

The program was supported by Earth Day Network-India and Sanctuary Nature Foundation.

The launch of ‘Kids for Hangul’ is an initiative which aims at creating a conducive and viable atmosphere for wildlife preservation, focussing on hangul conservation in particular. The event was presided over by Mr. Tahir Shawl, Deputy Conservator of Forest / Wildlife Warden (Central Division), Dachigam National Park and the guest of honour Nadeem Qadri Executive Director, Wildlife Conservation Fund.

Other notable guests present during the event were Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad, Director, Scholar’s School, Dara, Harwan & Senior Journalist, Mr. Farooq Shah, Advocate Sabzar Ahmad and the Green Ambassadors associated with the WCF.

As many as 3000 saplings were planted in and around the Dara Conservation Reserve (DCR) which commenced at Scholar’s School and concluded at the Dachigam National Park.

Scholar’s School was granted the status of state’s first nature school. 

Photo: Wildlife Conservation Fund.

Mr. Shawl, on the occasion interacted with the kids and invited them for a mini-safari within the Dachigam National Park. While interacting with the kids in the Nature Information Centre, at the Park, Tahir Shawl said, "We need to emphasise upon and understand the importance of wildlife in our world and its conservation. Hangul is our heritage and we need to take every possible step to enhance their survival rate.”

Emphasising over the need of taking the onus of planting trees in order to create a sustainable and well balanced ecosystem for a better future, Mr. Qadri said, “We should take every measure which can initiate and further enhance the cause of hangul conservation in the state. Legal measures are the most important weapons in our arsenal which we can wield upon those who are hell bent upon destroying the heritage and identity of our state."

Source: Wildlife Conservation Fund 

     
     
     

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