PUNE: On the occasion of International Day of Biological Diversity, a programme was organised at Empress Garden here on Tuesday. The event saw the presence of more than 150 environment lovers from the city. The event was organised by Shrinath Kavade, Vice President of Society For Environment and Biodiversity Conservation (SEBC).
The International Day of Biological Diversity is celebrated every year on March 22.
Most of the enthusiasts came to the event after watching the news on social media and newspapers. The exhibition had six types of mangoes, two types of karvanda (carissa spinarum), black plum or jamun, suran (yams), bhopla (pumpkin) and jackfruit. Along with it, in the morning, a heritage walk was organised where they saw different types of trees and birds in the garden. Also, two documentary films on biodiversity were shown.
The event was inaugurated by Forest Officer Ramakant Borade and botanist PK Ghanekar. Along with them, students and Principal of SP College Dilip Seth, BMCC Principal Yashodhan Mahajan were also present. The Convention on Biological Diversity celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity with the theme ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity’.
RD Jospeh, retired professor of botany from Abeda Inamdar Senior College, said, “Due to infrastructural growth and climate changes, the biodiversity has been affected. The measures to be taken for this is to increase rainwater harvesting in societies along with vermi-composting.”
Dhanashree Pawar, another citizen at the event, said, “The natural biodiversity present in Tamhini ghat, Mulshi ghat and other such ghat areas of the region are getting destroyed due to tourism.”