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Celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity – 2024

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24 May 2024, Narendrapur: ICAR-Sasya Shyamala Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, West Bengal under the jurisdiction of ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata, observed the International Day for Biological Diversity in hybrid mode, aiming to raise awareness and foster scientific knowledge on biodiversity conservation under the theme “Be Part of the Plan” today.

Dr. Pradip Dey, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata, emphasized safeguarding habitats and species through protected areas, reducing microplastic pollution, and implementing sustainable practices in agriculture, forestry, and marine environments. He also highlighted the significance of restoration efforts, focusing on degraded landscapes, reforesting barren lands, rejuvenating wetlands, and restoring microbial biodiversity to enhance soil health, thus reviving biodiversity and bolstering community resilience.

Dr. Shibaji Bhattacharya, Deputy Director (Microbiology), Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals, Govt. of West Bengal, spoke about animal biodiversity conservation.

Dr. N.C. Sahu, Head, ICAR-SSKVK, briefed the significance and backdrop for the day.

A documentary film on the East Kolkata Wetlands, prepared by ICAR-SSKVK, was projected for the participants during the programme.

A total of 80 farmers, farm women, and ICAR-KVK staff participated in the programme.

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