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JAMMU: National workshop on ‘Climate Crisis: Vulnerabilities and Adaptation Strategies-Science and Policy Interface’ commenced here at University of Jammu.
The two-day workshop is jointly organised by Department of Environmental Science, University of Jammu, Jammu and State Climate Change Centre-J&K, Department of Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing, Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
In his inaugural remarks, the Forest Minister lauded the efforts of organisers for conducting the workshop on such contemporary aspect of sustainable development.
In his presidential address, Professor R.D Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, university of Jammu elaborated the efforts made by university for environmental protection and greening the campus.
In his address, Professor Sharma highlighted the activities of Green Campus Task Force, Save Tawi Campaign and incorporation of Environmental Science as a component at various stages of curriculum development besides university’s efforts for conduct of green campus audit and to acquire ISO 14000 certification.
Ravi Kumar Kesar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, J&K, who was the Special Guest, emphasised the need to sustainably develop Himalayan regions as mountainous areas are more vulnerable to climate change than the plains. He said that forests of Himalayan region are threatened due to ever-growing need of timber, fuel wood and grazing and showed concern over loss of forest biota due to increase in temperature. Saurabh Bhagat, Commissioner/Secretary Forest, Ecology and Environment accentuated the fact that events of forest fires, erratic rainfall, melting of glaciers, sea-level change, snow tsunami, and cloudburst exhibited the presence of climate change and unless we address the causes of climate change we have to be ready to face consequences.
The keynote address was delivered by Professor S.P Singh, FNA and Ex Vice-Chancellor, H.N.B Garhwal University, Uttarakhand.
Earlier, Convener of the workshop, Professor A.K Raina welcomed the guests, subject experts and participants and introduced the theme of workshop.
The vote of thanks was given by Om Prakash Sharma, Director, Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing.
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