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Valedictory Function of "SECURE Himalaya" Project

 “Biodiversity Conservation through UNDP SECURE Himalaya Project

Under the GoI-UNDP-GEF Project "Securing livelihoods, Conservation, Sustainable use and Restoration of high range Himalayan Ecosystems” (SECURE Himalaya) of the H.P. forest Department,  one month duration training program on Para-taxonomy [Peoples Biodiversity Register (PBR) focused] conducted by HP ENVIS HUB, Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology and Environment (HIMCOSTE), Shimla concluded today. Under this program, Nine selected youth from Shimla, Lahaul and Pangi were trained for documenting local biodiversity in the form of Peoples Biodiversity Registers (PBRs).

 

This program was conducted in collaboration with HP Forest Department and State Biodiversity Board.  The training program started on 10th October, 2019 with a field exposure visit on biodiversity of Northern Himalayas to Hail Himalayas near Shoghi, Shimla by experts of Dr. Anil Thakur, Associate Professor, Govt. Degree College Theog, Mr. Santosh Thakur, HP Forest Department and ENVIS Hub, HIMCOSTE.

 

 During this training program in addition to classroom lectures, trainees were imparted first hand experience of Biodiversity documentation through exposure visits to SECURE landscapes and Research Institutes. Field visits were carried out at Hail Himalayas, Jispa Valley in Keylong, High Altitude Research Station of IHBT at Ribling, G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, Mohal Kullu, Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI), Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), Shimla. Eminent experts from various educational institutes, research organizations, H.P. Biodiversity Board and HP Forest Department delivered lectures on their respective subject areas.

The Chief Guest of the Valedictory Function was Dr. Savita, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife Wing) of HP Forest Department. Sh. Anil Thakur, CCF (Wildlife Wing) and Dr. S.P. Bhardwaj, Retd. Associate Director, Regional Fruit Research Station, UHF, Nauni, H.P. Biodiversity Board were special guests on the occasion. A booklet on Biodiversity of Shimla, Lahaul & Pangi Valleys prepared by HP ENVIS Hub was released by the Chief Guest. She appreciated the efforts of HP ENVIS Hub in successfully conducting this training program and said that this booklet would be of great help to students, young birders and field staff of the Forest Department.

 

Dr. Savita said that there is a lot of biodiversity in Himachal Pradesh and still many plants remain to be identified. It is very important to identify and protect them. In the Global Investor Submit held in Dharamshala on 7-8 November, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also said in his speech that industries based on ecotourism, tourism and Ayurveda can contribute a lot in the progress of the State.These students can go back to their areas and contribute significantly towards the conservation of biodiversity with the help of Panchayat, Mahila Mandal and Village Protection Committees.

 

Dr. Aparna Sharma, Coordinator, HP ENVIS Hub thanked MoEFCC, GoI for initiating Green Skill Development Programme in Himachal Pradesh by sanctioning a Master Trainers Course on Para-taxonomy in 2018. Successful completion of this training program was appreciated by H.P. Forest Department following which the present course under SECURE Himalaya and funded by GoI-UNDP-GEF was sanctioned to HP ENVIS Hub. She thanked Forest Department for their financial support, State Biodiversity Board and various experts for imparting training to students through theory lectures and field trainings during this training program. She also said that HP ENVIS Hub will assist in providing job opportunities to these students.