There is no doubt that Jammu and Kashmir has rich biodiversity and it is the collective responsibility of all including the government to conserve it.
Recently J&K Biodiversity Council in collaboration with J&K Forest Department organised a “One Day Training program on Biodiversity” in the auditorium of SKUAST.
Jammu and Kashmir has unique Biodiversity and many officers of government impressed upon BMCs to work with full zeal and dedication and get associated with the updation of People Biodiversity Registers which are the documents of biodiversity within their jurisdiction. He also spoke about the likely impact of climate change on biodiversity of Jammu & Kashmir and steps required to protect all life forms and create a resilient ecosystem.
Government has been impressed upon to create a massive awareness at the grassroots level with respect to biodiversity conservation through Biodiversity Heritage sites, Sacred groves and CEVMS. He also detailed out various initiatives of the biodiversity council on active involvement of BMCs in sustainable collection and utilization of Non-Timber Forest Produces (NTFP).
The Department has taken a number of steps for sustainable utilization of forest produce and BMCs are being involved along with SHGS for this purpose.
It was informed that biodiversity education, ABS, protection of traditional knowledge recorded in PBRs, conservation of traditional varieties/ breeds of economically important plants/animals are also being planned by the Biodiversity Council.