Workshop on Mainstreaming Coastal, Marine Biodiversity gets underway

Port Blair
23 Mar 2017

The three-day National Workshop on Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity of India got underway in the Zoological Survey of India hall here today. The Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), GoI, Mr Ajay Narayan Jha inaugurated the workshop as the chief guest while the Chief Secretary, A & N Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar presided over the function. The workshop is being organized by the Zoological Survey of India & Botanical Survey of India, under the aegis of AICOPTAX programme of MoEF&CC, Govt. of India.
Inaugurating the workshop, he stressed the need to conserve biodiversity as it is a global concern that exists in term of threats on the natural resources and various initiatives have been taken up by the world body to conserve these natural resources, in which India was the first country to sign a treaty on Conservation of Biodiversity and various regulations were formulated such as wildlife trade and commerce etc.
Mr Jha expressed hope that the seminar will come out with a positive results which will help in formulating regulation for mainstreaming coastal and marine biodiversity for future conservation.
Earlier, the chief guest and the Chief Secretary unveiled a plaque to mark the foundation laying ceremony for a National Repository Building for Islands Faunal Diversity in the premises of the ZSI Port Blair.
In his presidential address, the Chief Secretary, Mr Anindo Majumdar said that these Islands are biodiversity hotspots and need to be preserved in a scientific manner. The eco-system of these Islands is fragile and unique in nature as there are lots of endemic species here, of which many are endangered. It is a great challenge to protect the biodiversity and to carry out developmental works, which are required by the people.
Dr. Alok Saxena, PCCF & Principal Secretary Deptt of Environment & Forests, A & N Admn., Dr. B Meenakumari, Chairperson NBC, Dr. Anil Sant, Jt. Secretary, MoEF&CC and Dr. Kailash Chandra, Director ZSI also highlighted the significance of the workshop and the need for mainstreaming coastal and marine biodiversity.
Earlier, Dr. C Raghunathan, Officer in-charge, ZSI Port Blair welcomed the gathering and the inaugural function concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Madhumita Biswas, Director RE Division MoEF&CC.