Wildlife week kick-starts from the hub of Wildlife, Dachigam National Park

SRINAGAR, 02 OCTOBER (KNS): On the eve of the 68th Wildlife Week 2022, the Department of Wildlife Protection, J&K today organized and celebrated its inaugural event at the Nature Interpretation Centre, Dachigam National Park, here.

At the beginning of the event, a cleanup campaign was organized by one of the participating schools, “Scholars School, Dara”.

Students from various nearby schools attended the opening event alongside people from diverse backgrounds such as scholars from SKUAST Kashmir, DDC member Theed A, leaders and representatives from various NGOs, volunteers, FPF, field workers and officers from Army and CRPF.

Rashid Y. Naqash, Regional Wildlife Warden, Kashmir Region, was the main guest on the occasion.

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On that occasion, Rashid Y. Naqash said that the department is actively working towards greater involvement of people on the ground to understand natural and environmental problems. Referring to this day as Mahatma Gandhi’s Day of Nonviolence, he said the department wants to bring people closer to the environment, forests and wildlife so that interdependence and coexistence can be understood and appreciated.

He said the department will continue to organize more such events, where the department will allow people to come face to face with the deeper beauty and priceless resources of nature.

Chairman of the JK FTI movement, Dr. Gh. Rasool emphasized the rights of nature and the rights of the indigenous people together during his speech. While citing greed and urbanization as the source of destruction, he said a collective approach takes an hour to add to viability in addition to nature-based tourism.

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In his speech, the chairman of the National Society for the Protection of Water Resources, Forests and Wetlands, Nazir be Nazir, emphasized each individual organism and its importance for the balance of the ecosystem. He also convinced students to actively engage in the protection of wildlife, water and nature.

Lectures were also given by various students, reinforcing the conservation message. Acknowledging the department’s role, DDC member Ali Mohammad Rather said: “As a local, I can tell you that our protected areas are safe due to the great effort day in and night out by Department of Wildlife Conservation staff.”

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Such activities and programs run throughout the week throughout Kashmir. In addition to the active participation of NGOs and media companies, such events continue to focus primarily on students, civil society and municipal elected representatives.

Altaf Hussain closed the occasion with the statement: “The wildlife is the soul of nature, save the soul, save nature” Wildlife Warden Central Division Srinagar and spoke a word of thanks. (KNS)