JK ecologically most sensitive landscape in Himalayas: Mian Altaf

Day-2 Of Jammu & Kashmir Festival At New Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 3: Minister for Forest & Environment Mian Altaf has said Jammu & Kashmir is the most ecologically sensitive landscape in the Himalayas and is richly endowed with diverse forest resources.
 “These forest resources are very vital as a important source of livelihood of Indigenous and rural communities. The state forest policy adopted in 2011 aims to protect land from encroachment, conserve and develop forest resources, expand the area under tree cover, meet villagers real needs of fodder and fuel, conserve critical wildlife habitats, preserve and cultivate medicinal plants, promote ecotourism and encourage participatory management,” said Altaf addressing the seminar on conservation of Dal Lake and wildlife, photo exhibition and film show here.
 Among others who spoke in the seminar include Dr C M Seth, Director WWF, Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO of WWF-India.
 Shakeel Ramshu from the Department of Geology & Geophysics of the Kashmir University highlighted the importance of Glaciers as source of water for the state. He said that the way the glaciers of the state are melting is a cause of concern.
 He said there was an urgent need to study these glaciers on long term basis.
 Dr. Sidharth Kaul, Advisor, Ministry of the Environment & Forests, Government of India spoke on the wetlands of the state. He said that wetlands of the state are important not only for biodiversity but also for the people.
 The seminar was also addressed by Ravi Kesar, Director, Directorate of Environment & Remote Sensing, government of J&K.
 On the second day, Minister for Tourism & Culture Nawang Rigzin Jora inaugurated Handicraft exhibition. Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Nasir Aslam Wani also accompanied Jora on the occasion.
 The main attraction of the handicraft exhibition include Paper Machie by Ali Muhammad Dangroo, Walnut wood carving by Ghulam Rasool Ahangar, Copper wear carving by Farooq Ahmed Zargar, the famous Thanka paintings of Ladakh by Smanda Tsering, Basholi paintings by Lalit Kumar Dogra and Kani Shawl weaving by Ghulam Muhammad Rishu.
 On the occasion, the artists of J&K Academy of Arts, Culture and Language presented various regional, traditional folk theatre forms from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions which got splendid applause from across the audience on the 2nd day. The main attraction of the folk theatre was Bhand Pather of Kashmir and famous Lama dance of Ladakh.
 The Information department also presented films on different environment and historical aspects of the State including Environment balance between human and wildlife, Dal Lake- epitome Environment, Desert in the sky, snow leopard and life history of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.
 Chairman INTAC Saleem Beig also presented papers in the seminar.
 Among others, Commissioner Secretary Tourism Atal Dulloo, Director Information Khawaja Farooq Renzushah, Director Tourism Farooq Ahmed Shah, Director IIC Kavita Sharma and senior officers of the State and Central Governments were present on the occasion.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Dec 2011 00:00:00 IST

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