Anil Dave’s demise, loss for upcoming projects in State

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 May 2017 12:21:04

By Tara Chettur,

Subsequent to sudden death of Union Minister of Environment Anil Madhav Dave, there’s a shock wave among environmentalists in the region. An experienced environmentalist, late Anil Dave had in-depth knowledge of flora and fauna in the region and was also considered to be a backbone in facilitating many environment related projects started by various departments in the State.

Of late, Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board, whose function was very limited earlier, also took a leap to revamp its module by making community people inclusive towards biodiversity conservation. Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board has also decided to start Biodiversity learning centre as a pilot environment project in Bhopal, which is expected to take shape within next three months.

Srinivas Murthy, Member Secretary, Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board has said that the learning centre’s main objective will be to incorporate more knowledge of locals about their respective local areas and will provide a sharing knowledge platform. The NBA is an autonomous body of Ministry of Environment that performs facilitative, regulatory and advisory functions of conservation, sustainable use of biological resource.

The NBA, with its headquarters in Chennai, delivers its mandate through a structure that comprises of the Authority, secretariat, SBBs, BMCs and Expert committees. Consultants and administration assistance plays a vital role in functioning of these advisory body committees.

It has to be mentioned that, in his last year’s visit to Bhopal for International Forest Fair, he had said that Madhya Pradesh will be leading state in the country in forests, biodiversity and sustainable tourism and every effort to expedite the process to bring in change will be made. Earlier this month, Union Minister Dave, who was actively involved in the conservation of Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh, urged to go for chemical-free farming for conservation of rivers in State.