ITANAGAR, Oct 1: Extending greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of the 63rd Wildlife Week Celebration, which will start from October 2, Governor P B Acharya hoped that the celebration will create more awareness and enthusiasm to preserve the treasured floral and faunal diversity of the state amongst the people.
The Governor in his message said that Arunachal Pradesh has the second largest forest cover, with over 81 percent geographical area under forest and tree cover. The state has unparalleled biodiversity accounting for over 50% of the total floral wealth of the country and equal number of animal diversity that gives the region the status of one of the ‘Biodiversity Hotspots’ of the world.
He appreciated the Department of Environment & Forests (Wildlife Wing), Government of Arunachal Pradesh for celebrating the Wildlife Week to conserve and manage the unique flora and fauna.
The Governor informed that this year, the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India has appealed to all the states and union territories to observe ‘Swachchta Pakhwada’ (Cleanliness Fortnight) in wildlife sanctuaries and national parks to keep them clean.
National level awards have been instituted to promote this concept, he said.
He has appealed to the people of Arunachal Pradesh to take a solemn pledge to save the rich wildlife diversity of the state as enshrined in the constitution and fundamental duties and also assist the Department of Environment & Forests to maintain cleanliness of the protected areas, thereby making Arunachal Pradesh ‘The Cleanest State’ of the country.