Biological Diversity Day celebrated by BSI in isles

Port Blair
23 May 2018

The Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Andaman & Nicobar Regional Centre, Port Blair, celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity on Tuesday  at Dhanikhari Experimental Garden-cum-Arboretum, Nayashahar. The theme of the day was “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”
The chief guest of the function, Mr D.M. Shukla, PCCF Wild Life, Chief Wild Life Warden, Environment and Forests & Secretary Environment, Science and Technology, Andaman and Nicobar Administration addressed the gathering and encouraged the children to protect the biodiversity of these islands. He emphasized on the unique and richest plant diversity of these Islands and also stated that BSI plays a very important role not only in these Islands but also all over the country in survey and documentation of plants wealth. Biodiversity is essential for a sustainable ecosystem.  On this occasion a threatened & endemic plant: Pinanga andamanensis Becc., was planted by the Chief Guest Mr Shukla at BSI Garden (DEGCA), a centre for excellence collection of plant genetic diversity in-situ and ex-situ conservation in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
As a part of the function, Dr. Lal Ji Singh, Dy. Director & Head of Office delivered a welcome address and briefed about the objectives and activities of BSI in conservation of biodiversity. Dr. Singh among all the units of BSI, Andaman & Nicobar Regional Centre holds the credits of covering one of the remote and insular floristic hotspots of the country. BSI garden is one of the excellence collection and have potential of ex-situ conservation of plant diversity in these islands, and BSI garden recognized not only in India but also at global level. Biodiversity is a essential for balance ecosystem and plant play a very important role in terms of life and he stated that life cannot exist without plants.
On the occasion, a drawing competition for school students was organized. More than 90 students from various schools of Port Blair participated in the competition. Besides, Smt. G. S. Lakra, Ex-Botanist, BSI, ANRC, Port Blair and Smt. Neelam Lakra, Range Officer, Manglutang Range, all scientist, Officers and staffs members of the centre, local people also participated and showed keen interest for conservation of Biodiversity. Dr. Sanjay Mishra, Scientist-B, proposed vote of thanks and Mr Gautam Anuj Ekka, moderated the whole programme.