Key initiatives launched for conservation of biodiversity

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New Delhi: Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar on Friday launched five key initiatives towards conservation of biodiversity.

On the International Day for Biological Diversity, the Union Minster said that India is a mega biodiverse country and those who are interested in improving their bio diversity scenarios must share experiences and best practices.

Javadekar stressed on this year’s theme and said that protecting the nature is very important especially in the present context of COVID 19.

The Union Environment Minister launched the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s biodiversity internship programme which proposed to engage 20 students with postgraduate degrees for a period of one year through an open, transparent and online competitive process.

The virtual event witnessed the launch of UNEP Campaign on Illegal Trafficking of Endangered Species: ‘Not all Animals Migrate by Choice’.

The event stressed that illegal trade in wildlife carries the risk of spreading dangerous pandemics. A Webinar Series on ‘Biodiversity Conservation and Biological Diversity Act, 2002’ was also launched along with the WWF Model Conference of Parties (MCoP). This is an initiative which involves the younger generation to understand the importance of sustenance of biodiversity for our own survival.

A campaign supported by WWF was also launched during the course of the event.

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