STATE TIMES NEWS LEH: As part of its efforts for developing future conservation leadership for conservation efforts in Himalayas, the WWF – India in collaboration with National Cadets Corps (NCC) organised a two-day special capacity building workshop for NCC cadets in Ladakh. This workshop is a part of the annual tanning camp of NCC cadets from entire Ladakh region, which is being conducted at the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS) at Choglamsar in Leh. The inaugural session of the workshop was attended by 370 NCC cadets from Leh, Nubra and Kargil along with associate NCC officers and students of CIBS at Choglamsar. This camp in being conducted by 1st J&K (I) NCC Coy, Leh. The camp is being led by Col Shende from Indian Army. In his address, Col Shende gave a detailed overview about camp activities and various skill development modules for the cadets. This was followed by technical sessions of the workshop. The key note address of the workshop was delivered by Dr Pankaj Chandan, Team Leader, Western Himalayas Landscape, WWF-India. Through a presentation, Dr Chandan gave a detailed overview about the wildlife and wetlands of Himalayas, especially from the high Himalayan regions like Ladakh. Another prominent speaker in the workshop was Dr Anwaruddin Choudhury, Commissioner Secretary to the Government of Assam and a renowned Wildlifer of India. In his address, he shared his vast experience on wildlife of Himalayas and highlighted various key threats to wildlife. During the second session of the workshop, Tsewang Rigzin of WWF-India spoke about role of Buddhism in wildlife conservation in Ladakh. In the same session, Ravneesh Singh Klair of WWF-India spoke about need for responsible tourism in Ladakh and Meenal Pahuja spoke about importance of grasslands of Ladakh. The key events which were organised during the workshop included lectures on wildlife by experts, panel discussions by students and wild wisdom quiz on wildlife of Ladakh. In the concluding session of the workshop, Dr Pankaj Chandan from WWF hoped that the capacity building workshop will help young generation of Ladakh to act as future conservation leaders.
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