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Eco-system must be maintained in JK

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 11, 2009

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 30: The urgency of maintaining eco-system was stressed in a lecture by Ms Neelu Sharma, Education Officer of J&K branch of World Wide Fund for Nature at Amar Mahal Museum and Library (AMML) here this evening.

Delivering the talk on” People Wildlife Conflict in Markha, Hemis National Park” Ms Sharma spoke from personal experience of working under an environmental related project in Ladakh during October this year. The talk was illustrated with slide presentation. She said an amount of awareness is there among the people.

She stated that the Appreciative Participatory Planning and Action Workshop (APPAW) at Markha, Hemis National Park in Ladakh, was sponsored by International Snow Leopard Trust, Seattle. The number of snow leopards in on the sharply dwindling, she said and stressed that ecological system of nature must be maintained.

Due to depreciation of livestock by the snow leopards there is conflict leading to avoidable killing of this species in Ladakh. Ms Sharma has obtained Master’s degree in Ecology from Salim Ali School of Ecology, Pondicherry University and is presently associated with some environment related schemes.

There was question-answer session also.
The Amar Mahal Museum and Library has been organising series of lectures on different topics of vital public importance and eminent persons have delivered talks. By organising research-oriented talks on art, culture and environment, AMML is providing a useful platform for inter-disciplinary interaction.

Earlier, Ms Aparna Tandon, Curator, AMML, introduced the subject and stated that conservation of nature’s delicate balance is vital for man. The Hemis National Park in Ladakh has some unique features.

Mr D C Prashant, ex-MP presented vote of thanks. Among those who were present included: Prof Y R Malhotra, MLC and former Vice Chancellor, Mr Ashok Jerath, Prof Ram Nath Shatri, Mr S P Sahni, Academicians and prominent citizens.

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