Hon’ble Chief Minister Pawan Chamling inaugurates International Biodiversity Congress in Dehradun

Dehradun, 04 Oct: “To ban chemical fertilizer would be a very bold yet appropriate policy intervention to save this earth from ultimate devastation,” said Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling during the inauguration of International Biodiversity Congress at Dehradun in Uttarakhand.

“Today I urge all State Governments to ban use of chemical fertilizers and request the ongoing Congress to adopt similar resolution calling upon every other State in the country to follow organic farming practices by effectively banning use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides as a very bold yet appropriate policy intervention to save this earth from ultimate devastation,” Shri Chamling added.

The CM was addressing the Congress after inaugurating the International Biodiversity Congress as chief guest here at Forest Research Institute in Dehradun amidst impressive gathering of organic practitioners and activists from all over the world gathered for the three-daylong Biodiversity Congress.

Shri Chamling also highlighted that an alarming 28% decline of global biodiversity has been recorded for the year 2012, compared to year 1970 and said that un-sustainable exploitation of natural resources, rampant development, expanding urbanization and shrinking natural ecosystems, worldwide is a worrying trend and therefore protection of biodiversity is a universal and urgent issue.

He also recounted some of the environmental initiatives undertaken by the Sikkim Government successfully building a development model which is eco-friendly and suited to the needs of the State. He further said that majority of conservation initiatives and the United Nation’s defined Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2015-2030 have many similarities and said that Sikkim is well on the way to achieving many of the SDG goals already such as ending poverty and hunger, providing quality education and health services, promoting gender equity and reducing inequalities.

Earlier, Chairperson, International Biodiversity Congress and founder of Navdanya, Dr. Vandana Shiva, spoke about the rare contribution made by Shri Chamling saying that the CM has been always there for biodiversity and ecology- a very positive sign for the future.

The meeting was also addressed by former Foreign Secretary & Special Envoy on Climate Change, Shri Shyam Saran, Director Forest Research Institute & Co-chair, IBC, Dr. Savita, Chairperson, Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board, Dr. Rakesh Shah, Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun, Dr. S.C. Gairola.

Message from Union Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu, was also relayed through recorded video.

(Press release received from Resident Commissioner, Sikkim House, New Delhi)

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