Posted by: Hitesh Kamaliya on
Jan 16, 2012
The second bird watchers conference, scheduled to begin from January 19, will be attended by 360 delegates, students and researchers. 95 delegates will be from 38 different countries.
Tourism minister Jaynarayan Vyas said, "Gujarat is fast emerging as an eco-tourism destination; boasting of a wide range of pristine and even hitherto unexplored destinations for avid nature lovers. The state hosts over 520 species of birds, and has been attracting these wonderful creatures for decades."
Gujarat Tourism in partnership with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FIis organizing the Second Global Bird Watchers' Conference 2012, from January 19 in Gandhinagar.
Vyas said that encouraged by the success of the first Global Bird Watchers' Conference in November 2010 held in Khijadiya, near Jamnagar, Gujarat, it has been decided to organize the second conference at Gandhinagar.
The conference is being held at a time when large numbers of migratory birds shall visit Gujarat. Vyas said the objective is to promote Gujarat as a special bird watching destination. The USP of the conference would be the exclusive focus on capitalizing on the location and natural advantage of Gujarat. He said the delegates will be sent in groups. The first group will head to Nalsarovar, Little Rann of Kutch and Thol, while another group would go to Bhavnagar Coastal Wetlands and Velavadar - Ahmedabad and the third for Tarapur Wetlands and Khambhat.
However, Vyas admitted that the state still lagged behind when it comes to getting recognition for the water bodies. "We have just woken up and things will be sorted soon," Vyas said.
By:the times of india