Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that there was need to provide more impetus to the cultivation of herbs and efforts be made to find and cultivate rare species.
Speaking speaking at the 69th Wildlife Awareness Campaign 2020, organized by Goa Forest Department at Van Bhavan in the city on Thursday, the Chief Minister emphasized on the importance of preservation of wildlife and said the observation of wildlife week was aimed at enhancing the consciousness of the people about the importance of protection and preservation of wildlife.
‘Wildlife has a significant place in the life of human beings,’ he added.
Referring to the recently organised Bird Festival, the Chief Minister said hinterland tourism and bird tourism on the line of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) would be promoted in a big scale.
‘Goa has a good connectivity and more so, all the good birding sites are far from coastal areas. The Forest Department will provide a platform for naturalists, experts, bird photographers to meet and share their insights, which will open new Vista for ecotourism in hinterland,’ he said.
The Chief Minister released Film on Wildlife and presented commendation certificates to five Forest staffs for outstanding work in the field of wildlife on the occasion.
Principal Secretary, Forest, Punit Goel, IAS, delivering the keynote address stated that wildlife week was an annual event celebrated every year to sensitize people for protection and conservation of wildlife.
He said government was making continuous efforts in conservation and protection of wildlife and various works were being carried out for habitat improvement, including soil conservation works.