Workshop on biodiversity sustaiable tourism held

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 May 2017 12:05:19

Staff Reporter,

Madhya Pradesh Biodiversity Board organised a media workshop on Biodiversity and sustainable tourism for development. The event was organized at Hotel Palash in which various experts from biodiversity fields and professionals interacted. It has to be mentioned that MP is celebrating 2017 International year of sustainable tourism for development .To celebrate this occasion various events and seminars are being organized to bring in awareness among people .

One of the main objective of the event would be to identify biodiversity sites in parks and establishing strategy to develop the identified spot. From May 8 to May 22 events will be organized at Ekant Park, Char Imli Kamla Park, Upper Lake, Swarna Jayanti Park, Kolar road. Special awareness programme will be organized at Kerwa, Kaliyasot, Halali, Hathaikheda , Van Vihar, on May 20 and May 21.

Interactive session will also be organized at malls in city on May 21 and May 22.Biodiveristy management committee will be organizing events at district level in various districts in State. Sustainable tourism promotion events will be organized at May 22.Talking in the event Srinivas Murthy , Member secretary , Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board said we have started many process to raise awareness of biodiversity in the region . In a first of kind in a bid to protect mother species , Beech Bacho yatra have been started on May 2 .

Around 565 seeds have been collected under this campaign. The yatra has started at Harda ,Bhopal , Hoshangabad , Dhar and has reached Dindori.Madhya Pradesh will notify biodiversity heritage sites in state. In the initial phases 26 such sites have been identified.Under Section 37 of the Bio-diversity Act 2002, there are provisions that with the advice of the local bodies, the areas of importance from bio-diversity point of view should be notified and published in the official gazette as bio-diversity heritage site. In accordance with this, the Madhya Pradesh bio-diversity rules 2004, also have provision in rule 22 (1) that the areas of importance from bio-diversity point of view should be notified with consultation with the Union government and local bodies. Patalkot in Chhindwara district and Amarkantak in Anuppur district will be notified within next two months and the initial phase has already been started.