Bhubaneswar, Oct 07: State-level Wildlife Week 2023 was celebrated at Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar on Saturday. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
Sushil Kumar Popli, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden in his welcome address briefed regarding various activities undertaken and continuing for the protection and conservation of the Wildlife and their habitats as well as preventing Human-Wildlife Conflict.
Patnaik emphasized that mankind and wildlife are very closely associated, loss of any keystone species due to human- induced biotic interference will have adverse impact on the ecosystem and survival of human beings. He appealed the people of the state to come forward and join hands for protection and conservation of wildlife and restoration of eco-system.
Minister Forest, Environment and Climate Change, Pradip Kumar Amat appreciated participation of local villagers in the management of Ecotourism in the state. He said that local villagers could able to supplement their livelihood through Ecotourism. Further he said that some more ecotourism destinations will come up in near future in addition to the existing49destinations spread over 19districts of the state. He requested the people of all sections of the society to cooperate for implementation of various programmes of government to prevent human- wildlife conflict.