Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Science City turns focus on forests on international biodiversity day.

Published: Monday, May 23, 2011, 19:22 IST
Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA 
A one-day workshop on 'Forest Biodiversity: Earth's Living Treasure' was organized at Gujarat Science City on Sunday on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity where teachers from schools and college and science club coordinators were present. It also organized several education and outreach activities on bio-resources and biodiversity based on theme 'Forest Biodiversity'.
The workshop educated the participants about nature and sustainability. Some 200 people were present at the workshop which included science educators, DNA club coordinators, students, and young researchers among others from different cities of the state. Inaugurating the workshop, chief conservator of forests of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam of Government of Gujarat, SD Vora, said the benefits of the forests are far reaching. "In spite of the growing understanding of the benefits of forests, they are disappearing at an alarming rate," added Vora. He opined that the younger generation should be motivated for conserving and managing forests in a sustainable manner.
An exhibition was also held by the Science City along with some hands-on activities, screening of scientific films, science, lectures highlighting the importance of forest biodiversity in human life and also the role which people play to management, conservation and sustainable development of the forest resources. Executive director of Science City, Dilip Gadhvi said, "The celebration has brought the issue in focus, and has sensitized the community on the same." Narottam Sahoo, senior scientist at Science City said the forest biodiversity is being lost at an alarming rate and 100 animals and plants are lost and damaged everyday in tropical forests."
Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_science-city-turns-focus-on-forests-on-international-biodiversity-day_1546676

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