The Forest Department has decided to organise activities in 60 eco clubs in Dehradun and Mussoorie during the Wildlife Week 2021 next month. This decision was taken in a workshop held to plan activities in schools as part of the Wildlife Week celebrations. School teachers from about 50 public and private schools in Dehradun and Mussoorie forest divisions that have been selected for these activities participated in the workshop.
The department is organising multiple events during Wildlife Week from October 1 to 7 throughout the State. Activities in the eco-clubs in these schools are going to be one of the highlights of the Wildlife Week 2021 celebrations. Educational material and books prepared by the Forest department in association with environmental NGOs, with interesting information regarding the state’s forests and wildlife will be distributed to the various eco clubs. This would include nature related books for the libraries, attractive posters for display, audio-visual films for teaching and souvenirs for distribution to the students.
The principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) and head of forest force, Rajiv Bhartari expressed hope that this will help increase knowledge of the students and inspire them towards conservation.
He emphasised that the eco-clubs in various schools can help in spreading awareness about forests, wildlife and environment amongst the students and thus help inculcate a positive attitude towards the environment and the right values.
Bhartari assured teachers present in the workshop that the Forest department will continue to provide materials and resources for tree planting, nursery development and environmental activities by the eco-clubs as well as provide help to the schools in organizing visits to nearby forest and wildlife areas for outdoor activities.
Additional PCCF (Wildlife) RK Mishra, chief conservator (CF) of Yamuna Circle, Amit Verma, CF of Shivalik Circle, Akhilesh Tiwari, Dehradun divisional forest officer (DFO) Rajiv Dhiman, Mussoorie DFO Kahkashan Naseem and others were also present in the meeting.