Kol To Get Museum of Biodiversity | Kolkata News

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Kolkata: Union Environment, Forestry and Climate Change Minister Bhupinder Yadav on Friday proposed a biodiversity museum with its headquarters in Kolkata and branches in other parts of the country to showcase biodiversity from India.
“I proposed the 17 world-class institutions under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), including ZSI and BSI (Botanical Survey of India), to come together to develop a world-class biodiversity museum that will showcase the diversity of fauna and flora so that even an ordinary man will understand how interdependent we are in our life stream (jeevan dhara),” Yadav said at the 107th anniversary of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI).
Climate change, he said, was forcing animals to migrate to higher places, leading to altered faunal and floral diversity. “The biodiversity museum can shed light on the evolution of the habitats of our faunal diversity. This will provide tangible and intangible economic and social benefits in the natural resource sector by supporting activities in agriculture, fisheries, livestock, forestry and human health,” he said. -he adds.
ZSI discovered 540 new species in 2021. “The new discoveries increased wildlife diversity to 1,03,258 species, or 6.1% of global wildlife diversity. India ranks 8th out of 17 mega-diverse countries in the world,” said Dhriti Banerjee, Director, ZSI, India’s Wildlife Diversity Custodian. Yadav said ZSI information was useful for scientific validation of the popular biodiversity register prepared by biodiversity management committees.

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