Jamshedpur: Tata Steel Zoological Park here celebrated World Forestry Day and Water Day on Saturday jointly with Lions Club of Jamshedpur, Steel City.
On this occasion, around 100 women from rural areas around Jamshedpur belonging to the Self Help Group of Gram Vikas Kendra (Telco) and Anwesha (NGO) were invited to the zoo to participate in an educative and participative session to raise awareness amongst the rural folk on the need for conserving, protecting and preserving our forests and water bodies.
The topic of the lecture was “Participation of rural population in conservation of forest and water management”. This was followed by a ‘touch and learn programme’ where animal body part specimens such as horns, antlers, pugmarks, eggs etc were shown to the participants. Later, the participants were taken on a tour of the zoo and served lunch.
The event was inaugurated by Mrs. Kanchan Singh, first Vice District Governor Lions Club International by lighting the ceremonial lamp. The welcome speech was delivered by Mrs. Alpana Bhattacharya, Secretary, Anwesha who spoke about how mankind has been worshipping nature and animals for thousands of years and stressed on the need to preserve and protect forests and not harm wildlife but to co-exist with them.
The chief guest, Mrs. Kanchan Singh, addressed the gathering and spoke about how humans and nature are closely linked and how it is important for women to include conservation and care of nature as part of their daily routine. Mrs Indu Gandhi, President; Lions Club of Jamshedpur Steel City spoke about how rural women are best empowered to play the most important role in protection and preservation of nature and natural resources.
Ms. Seema Rani, Biologist cum Education Officer, Tata Steel Zoological Park spoke about the importance of forests and water to humans and why it is so important to conserve and protect our precious resources.
Today’s programme was a part of Tata Steel Zoological Society’s mission to achieve AICHI Target 1 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity Conservation 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
During the closing ceremony, the participants were each presented with fruit saplings comprising of Mango, Awla, Pomegranate and Jackfruit varieties to mark their participation for the event. The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Ms. Jayashree Ram Mohan.
Among others present on the occasion included Mr. Bipul Chakrabarty, Director Tata Steel Zoological Park, Mr. S.K. Mahato, Curator Tata Steel Zoological Park; Mrs. Kanchan Singh, First Vice District Governor Lions Club International ; Members of Lions Club of Jamshedpur Steel City Mrs. Indu GandhiPresident, Mrs. Sunita Singh, Mrs. Meena Bhagat, Mrs. Neeta Chopra, Mrs. Pranati Das, Mrs. Abhaya Sinha and Mrs. Vandana Mishra; Smt. Reba Bhowmick Gram Vikas Kendra, Telco; Ms. Jayashree Ram Mohan and Mr. Sandeep Raj Singh Volunteers, Tata Steel Zoological Park and the Staff of Tata Steel Zoological Park.
Our forests are under constant threat of deforestation and degradation, which are leading contributors to global warming and climate change. As a significant part of controlling this problem, these habitats need to be protected as they play a pivotal role in the hydrological cycle and are vitally important for preserving adequate water supplies.
To promote awareness of the value of forests and water across the globe by providing information on the protection, production , recreation of forests and preservation of water resources to protect the environment and the benefits which we gain from them, ‘World Forestry Day’ is celebrated worldwide every year on March 21 st and World Water Day on 22 nd March.