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Sikkim holds exhibition to showcase environmental heritage

Gangtok, Sun, 13 Dec 2009 ANI

Gangtok, Dec 13(ANI): The forest department of Sikkim organised an exhibition to showcase the environmental heritage of the state in Gangtok this week.


Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling inaugurated the daylong exhibition, which presented the rich biodiversity of the state, at Saramsa Garden on Wednesday.


The occasion marked the concluding ceremony of '100 years of Sikkim forestry'.


The exhibition also introduced people to the state's rich flora and fauna, comprising of heritage trees, landscapes, endangered wildlife, water bodies and the river network.


"We want to enthuse them to contribute more and at par with the international standards and also propagate indigenous things by massively campaigning for the environment-clean water, air and plantation. We are providing the incentives for the sake of environmental protection," said Gut Lepcha, Additional Director of the Sikkim Forest Department.


On the occasion, Chamling released various books on Sikkim's fauna and flora and felicitated forest officials and NGOs engaged in conservation.


The programme featured exhibition on sericulture and floriculture activities, different species of indigenous timber species besides application of state-of-the-art resources like Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) in forest conservation.ampaigns to enhance awareness on environmental matters, seminars and policy on forest and wildlife conservation were also held.


"We are promoting through the programme that the future generations will pick up the system and go ahead with the conservation programme of the state of Sikkim," said Bhim Dhungel, Sikkim Forest Minister.


Forest department, on the occasion of its centenary celebration, mooted a plan for a bird park at Rabdentse. (ANI)


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