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National Seminar on “Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihood with special reference to Millennium Development Goals"

Amity School of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development organised two-day National Level Seminar on “Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihood with special reference to Millennium Development Goals”, from 8th – 9th December 2005.

The National Seminar was inaugurated by Mr. J.C. Kala – Director General, DG Forests, Government of India who remarked that Sustainable forestry and criteria and indicators are words of the day in the field of international forest policy. He said that the general tendency to over emphasize the environmental aspects is essential, though such an approach arises out of the core of the issue and at the core is the human being, that is why linking to the millennium development goal is pertinent.

Mr. M.P. Bezbaruah, Banking Ombudsman & WTO representative said on the occasion that we should take a comprehensive view on reducing extreme poverty & hunger and should ensure environment sustainability.

Briefing the objectives of the Seminar Mr. B.K.P. Sinha, IFS (retd.), Director Amity School of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, said that environmental protection, poverty eradication, and promotion of gender equality are highlights of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations.

Addressing the august gathering Dr. Ashok. K. Chauhan, Founder President, Ritnand Balved Education Foundation said, Indian forests are vital to tribal communities. They are a source of employment and income and a setting for recreation. They provide habitat for fish and wildlife and sanctuaries for worship and religious ceremonies. They provide materials for shelter, fuel, canoes, clothing, housewares, native medicines and foods, artistic expression, and tribal forest-product enterprises and therefore it is all the more important to take care of our forests and students should be taught regarding biodiversity conservation at the school level.

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