German Delegates Meet Odisha Forest Minister

Odisha first and only State to get approval for SAPCC 2021-2030


Bhubaneswar: State government has been giving utmost priority to the safety and security of bio-diversity and wild animals as well as water conservation under the able guidance of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister Pradip Kumar Amat in a meeting with the delegates of German Government’s Environment Parliamentary Committee at Kharabela Bhawan today.

With the purpose of proper protection of the state wildlife and their habitat 19 wildlife sanctuaries have been notified under the provisions of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Odisha government has given utmost priority to the safety and security of Olive Ridley turtles, informed Amat.

To conserve the bio-resources of the State with peoples’ participation, the government has constituted as many as 7256 Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC), he stated.

The State has also formulated the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) for 2021-2030 considering the commitments made under Nationally Determined Contributions and Sustainable Development Goals and convergence with other state priorities. Odisha is the first and only State to get approval on the State Action Plan on Climate Change 2021-2030, he added.

Climate Change, biodiversity and wildlife, and water and its quality conservation are the issues of the hour. Countries around the globe have to join hands for the safety and security of these living essentials, stated the German delegates. They shared their joys seeing the beautiful rivers, flora and fauna of the State from the sky.

The State government has always given importance to the conservation of bio-diversity, wild animals, mangrove forests and successful management of natural calamities. Bana Surakhya Samitis are providing the necessary support in this regard, stated Additional Chief Secretary Dr Mona Sharma in her welcome address.

GIZ has selected Bhitarkanika as the pilot RAMSAR site. Chilika Development Authority (CDA) conducted a study on the hydro-ecological assessment for integrated management of the Bhitarkanika Ramsar site. CDA has carried out a field survey and analysis of long-term secondary data and recommended management measures to ensure hydrological regime and monitoring parameters for the water quality assessment and preparation of the health report card, elaborated CDA Chief Executive Shri Susanta Nanda.

Director Dr K. Murugesan coordinated the meeting and gave the vote of thanks. PCCF Debidutta Biswal, Sushil Kumar Popli, and Private Secretary to Minister Dr Pradeep Rout were present along with the delegates and top-notch officers of the German government.

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