UCOST organized a National Webinar on “Issues and Solutions for Saving Biodiversity in Himalayan Region” on the Occasion of World Environment Day on 5th June, 2020.

UCOST organized a National Webinar on “Issues and Solutions for Saving Biodiversity in Himalayan Region” on the Occasion of World Environment Day on 5th June, 2020.  The whole session was coordinated by Organizing Secretary of the webinar, Dr D.P.Uniyal, Joint Director, UCOST. He briefed about the theme and conducted the program. Dr Ashutosh Mishra, Senior Scientific Officer, UCOST welcome all the keynote speakers and participants on behalf of council. Dr Rajendra Dobhal, Director General, UCOST, Dehradun said that we organize this program every year in our premises but in this year we are organizing it online due to covid-19. Dr Dobhal said that the 12 himalayan states have 16% of land area of country, 5% of Population and nearly 26% of forest cover of whole country. He also stated that due to migration from hilly region, the water resources and springs has affected so much. He invoke the young researcher for the hard core R&D projects not for the conventional research. Prof A.N.Purohit, Formar Vice Chancellor, H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal gave his lecture on the topic Evoluation and Biodiversity. He said that if we think about the biodiversity then we get all the answers related to the environment. He also said that in Srimad Bhagwat Geeta, Lord Krishna has told about the Biodiversity.  Prof. Purohit stated that we have both useful and harmful things in our ecosystem, it’s our choice to choose the better one.  The  another experts, Sh G.S.Rautela, Former Director General, NCSM, Kolkata and Consultant Science City, Dehradun told that we should prepare for Online Science Popularization in future due to this type of situation. This is important that S&T can do a big role in spreading the knowledge among masses. Another Keynote Speaker, Dr Mahesh Bhatt, President, Vibha Uttarakhand gave a lecture on Biodivesity and Human Health. He told about the spiritual helath. He should research in biodiversity in prospects of health. He also enlighten on one health approach. The Last speaker of the session, Dr G.S.Rawat, Director, WII, Dehradun said that biodiversity is directly related to our livelihood. The young researchers should research in this field. He also focus on Convention of Biological Diversity and Access & Benefit Sharing among local masses. In concluding remark, Dr Prashant Singh, District Coordinator, UCOST proposed a Vote of thanks to all the speakers, participants & organizing team. During the session Sh Amit Pokhriyal, Mr Manoj Kumar Singh, Mr Pradeep Chaudhary, Mr Himashu Goyal from council and Dr Sanjay Kumar Agarwal from Dolphin Institute were also present. There were a total of 1006 registration from 14 states of India for the webinar.

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