Aligarh: Subject Matter Experts Discuss Protection and Management of Biodiversity to Obtain Resources for Sustainable Development at Muslim University Department of Wildlife Science’s “Biodiversity Conservation” Webinar of Aligarh (AMU).
The webinar was presented to mark the “International Day for Biological Diversity”.
In the keynote address, Dr. PK Mathur (Former Dean, Faculty of Wildlife Science, Wildlife Institute of India gave an in-depth overview of biodiversity and its conservation to explore conservation strategies and concepts of biodiversity.
He said: “Biodiversity is the pillar on which a sustainable future for all life on the planet must be built – and it is imperative to raise global awareness of the importance of protecting biological resources and the global biodiversity that shapes our environment “.
Dr. Biwash Pandav (Director, Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai) shared his experiences on the conservation of the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger.
He stressed that we must not only save various species of plants, animals and microorganisms for sustainable development, but also the genetic diversity of each of them, as well as the wide variety of ecosystems that make up our planet.
Dr Divakar Sharma (Director, National Conservation Programme, WWF-India) spoke on the role of NGOs in biodiversity conservation and Dr Khursid K Khan spoke on the biodiversity of Dachigam National Park, one of the India’s most vulnerable.
In the welcome address, Professor Jamal A Khan highlighted the challenges of conserving biological diversity.
He spoke about endangered species in different bio-geographical zones of India and paid rich tributes to Shri HS Panwar and Dr WA Rodgers, for preparing the document titled “Planning of Protected Area Network in India” in 1988, which laid the foundation for the conservation of biodiversity throughout the country. .
Dr. Nazneen Zehra (Programme Organizing Secretary) explained the significance of the International Day for Biological Diversity and extended the vote of thanks.