‘Sustainable forest mgmt is shared responsibility’

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Khandekar said, "In ancient times we have seen extinction of various civilizations and it was linked to wrong exploitation of natural resources."

PUNE: "Sustainable forest management is a shared responsibility and needs contribution from the entire society for a better tomorrow and protecting the human civilization from extinct," said Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Vivek Khandekar on Wednesday at the Department of Botany of SPPU.

The CCF was speaking at an event on International Day of Forests organised by NGO Biospheres and the Botany Department of SPPU.

Speaking on the interlinking of natural resources and the need to conserve natural resources like water, Khandekar said, "In ancient times we have seen extinction of various civilizations and it was linked to wrong exploitation of natural resources. We are already facing the dangers of messing with nature. We can't breathe in Delhi, unseasonal rains have led to crisis in the agriculture sector, erratic weather is also causing several natural calamities. It is high time for people to think about nature," added Khandekar.

Khandekar said every person in society should contribute for conservation of nature. Calendars and posters related to forests were distributed during the event. Senior officials including Conservator of Forests R Wankhede, Deputy Conservator of Forest A Shrilakshmi were present at the event which was anchored by Mahesh Shindikar and Sachin Punekar of Biosphere. Vinita Apte and Rucha Phadnis from Ter policy centrE spread the message of conservation of natural resources through dance and recitation. 

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