Chhattisgarh Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar said Chhattisgarh is rich in biodiversity and steps are being taken by the government for its conservation and promotion.
He was addressing a function to mark the International Biodiversity Day . It was organized by the Chhattisgarh State Biodiversity Board at Aranya Bhawan, Nava Raipur.
The Minister laid special emphasis on the need to start a public awareness campaign for conservation and promotion of biodiversity.
During the presentation, Member Secretary, Arun Kumar Pandey, said about 12,000 PBRs (Public Biodiversity Registers) have been set up in the state.
The work of opening a bird interpretation and awareness center in Gidhwa Parsada area, to also function as a bird safari, is also in progress. Nature Trails and Biodiversity Awareness Walks are also being developed in select locations. The development of Manav forest near Gangrel dam in the Dhamtari forest division, an eco-nature camp in Kharora circle of Bilaspur and construction of a nature trail in Dalha hill of Janjgir-Champa forest division are also in progress. The Board is also developing Shahbada village of Kanker forest division as a bird tourism center. In the last one year, officials and scientists have studied the Cactus Garden at Kevadia Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat and Ramsar in Orissa.