Greed, ignorance responsible for dwindling jungles: Prof Punjabi
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Srinagar, May 23: The Vice-Chancellor of University of Kashmir Professor Riyaz Punjabi on Monday said that conservation of bio-diversity and forest was gradually obtaining the shape of human rights.
Speaking at an event organized by KU’s department of Botany here to mark the international year of forests 2011 and UN decade of bio–diversity, Prof Punjabi said, “When I look back to find a reason for the dwindling forest land and threats to bio diversity I feel greed of a man and ignorance as the main contributing factors to this.”
The function was organized to identify crucial knowledge gaps, the work done so far in JK and a synthesis of the existing knowledge about various facets of forest biodiversity.
Prof Punjabi, who also presided over the event, urged young scholars and scientists to link their research with the market. “Our research should be practical aimed at development of the state and we have to be partners in the development,” he added.
Prof Punjabi while referring to recently announced Jammu and Kashmir state forest policy said, “It will go a long way in conservation of our bio diversity and natural habitat through preservation,” he added.
The Commissioner Secretary of Forest Department Shantmanu, who was the guest of honour on the occasion, expressed concern “over 40% of open forest area in the state.”
He said the rich forest diversity would help people combat climate crisis, alleviate poverty and support human health.
“Though all of us are contributing in this direction but today we need coordination and collaborations to succeed,” the Commissioner Secretary added.
Others who spoke on the occasion included, head of department of Botany KU Dr Zafar Reshi, KU registrar Prof S Fayaz, Dean Academic affairs and biological sciences KU Professor A R Yusuf.
Dr Manzoor A Shah, faculty member botany department presented the vote of thanks and Dr Seema Singh conducted the proceedings of the event.
A film titled “of forests and men” was also screened on the occasion.
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