Progress of foundation course on green skill dev. prog. reviewed

Port Blair
31 Jul 2017

The Environmental Information (EI) division of MoEF&CC, New Delhi launched a novel Green Skill Development Programme for skill development in the field of biodiversity conservation and para taxonomy across 11 centres located in nine bio-geographic zone of the country. In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the programme is being jointly coordinated by BSI & ZSI. Dr. Paramjit Singh, Director, BSI, MoEF & CC reviewed the progress of the foundation course during his visit to Port Blair recently. He also chaired the Andaman and Nicobar Islands State Environmental Appraisal Committee meeting at Van Sadan, Haddo.
Dr. Singh and Mr D. M. Shukla, Addl. PCCF, Department of Environment and Forests, Andaman and Nicobar Administration visited BSI garden at Nayashahar. They discussed various matters related to the documentation and conservation of the floral diversity as well as the economic and ecological significance of the threatened species of these islands and ex-situ conservation activities of rare, endangered and threatened species.
As part of month long celebration of 68th Van Mahotsav, Dr. Singh planted an endemic bamboo of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Schizostachyum kurzii and an endemic palm, Bentinckia nicobarica was planted by Mr Shukla in the garden. They also visited different sections of the garden and held discussions with scientists on survey and documentation of plant species, new discoveries, ex-situ conservation activities by scientists of BSI, ANRC. During the visit, Dr. Lal Ji Singh, Head of Office explained research activities of the Botanical Survey of India, Andaman and Nicobar Regional Centre on plant diversity and the intensive botanical explorations and authentic documentation of flora of the Islands enriching the herbarium and the museum of the Centre. Scientists of BSI, Dr. Jagadeesh Ram T.A.M, Dr. Sanjay Mishra and staff members were present.