Natnl. workshop on mainstreaming coastal, marine biodiversity from March 23

Port Blair
21 Mar 2017

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Port Blair Regional Office will organize a three-day national workshop on Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity of India from March 23 to 25. The workshop is aimed at deriving an action plan to mainstream the coastal and marine biodiversity as India is a party for United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in which mainstreaming biodiversity is one the agendas to be fulfilled by year 2020.
The Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr Ajay Narayan Jha, will inaugurate the workshop on March 23 at 10.30 in the auditorium of ZSI office here. Mr Jha will also lay the foundation stone of National Repository Building for Island Faunal Diversity at ZSI premises. The Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar, will deliver presidential address in the workshop, while the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, A & N Islands-cum-Principal Secretary, Dr. Alok Saxena, Joint Secretary to Government of India, Mr Anil Sant, MoEF&CC will also address the workshop. The Director, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata Dr. Kailash Chandra will be present an overview about mainstreaming marine biodiversity in Indian context during the function.
During the three-day workshop, 18 presentations on approaches for mainstreaming marine biodiversity will be made by special invitees from across the country including, the Chairperson of National Biodiversity Authority, MoEF&CC Dr. B. Meenakumari, Director, Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata Dr. Paramjith Singh, Chief Conservator of Forests Dr. K. Ravichandran, IFS, Director, Research and Extension Division of MoEF&CC Dr. Madhumita Biswas, Director, CIARI Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, ICMR Dr. P. Vijayachari and other eminent professors and scientists from National Institutions and Universities. Sixty participants from different scientific institutions will be attending the events. The workshop includes a field visit to Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor to understand the marine wealth of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said Dr. C Raghunathan, Officer-in-Charge, ZSI, Port Blair in a release to EOI