Conserve ecology, protect humanity, bio diversity: Rana – Jammu Kashmir Latest news | Tourism
JAMMU, Feb 17: Making a fervent appeal to the people to grow more trees, BJP Senior Leader Devender Singh Rana today appreciated the efforts of citizens at large and organizations committed to conservation of the environment especially for having contributed to the conservation of ecology in order to protect the earth”
“The conservation of ecology is imperative to protect the human race, as is biodiversity,” Devender Rana said during a day-long conference on “Together we can grow more forests on wasteland to serve life on earth”, organized by Paryavaran and Wasteland Development Co-operative Society, Nagrota at KL Sehgal Hall here this afternoon.
He observed: “While we must commit to growing trees wherever possible, including in wastelands, the preservation of existing trees must not lose our focus.”
He re-emphasized the importance of green cover for human life and biodiversity, saying that planting has gained more importance in the prevailing polluted atmosphere to clean the air and refresh the environment, as the forests help absorb toxic gases like carbon. They help prevent soil erosion and maintain soil fertility. Forests help establish the oxygen and carbon balance in nature, which is imperative for maintaining an ecological balance, he added.
Devender Rana supported the establishment of the J&K Wasteland Development Board to synergize reforestation efforts and preserve the ecological balance.
Surinder Choudhary, a former member of the Legislative Council, also shared his views among the participants during the conference.
Welcoming the participants, comprising of political leaders, environmentalists from across Jammu region, Gandharav Singh Thakur, Chairman of Paryavaran and the Wasteland Development Co-operative Society, Nagrota, gave an overview of the wastelands available in the country and the importance of converting wastelands into green areas.
He stressed the importance of the role of civil society, especially organizations, in transforming wastelands into full-fledged forests. He said an initiative was taken by residents of the Tawi River bank at Chak Rakhwalan village, Nagrota, where more than 40,000 saplings were planted in 1990. Over the years, the enclave has been transformed into a man-made forest supporting strong biodiversity in the area and providing tangible and intangible benefits to the people of Jammu.
The Conference passed a resolution to enshrine Chak Rakhwalan Forest after former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Earlier, the program began with a lamp-lighting ceremony by the dignitaries followed by a swearing-in ceremony by the board of directors.
The vote of thanks was presented by Madan Lal Abrol, Managing Director of Paryavaran and Wasteland Development Co-operative Society, Nagrota.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Rameshwar Dutt, Joginder Singh, Sakshi Magotra and Paras Sawhney.