Governor stresses on preservation of state’s flora and fauna

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Arunachal Pradesh Governor BD Mishra has called upon the scientists and researchers to explore innovative ways to preserve nature’s bounty and stressed that the scientific fraternity must ensure to create an environment for continued development of plants and shrubs of all living things in their natural habitat.
The governor said this after inaugurating the two-day national symposium on ferns here on Thursday.
The symposium themed, ‘Pteridological studies in India: Perspectives and modern approaches in relation to environment & climate change’ is organized by the Botanical Survey of India, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Centre, Itanagar, in collaboration with the Indian Fern Society, Chandigarh.
He expressed hope that the Botanical Survey of India will continue to undertake intensive floristic surveys and collect accurate and detailed information on the occurrence, distribution, ecology and economic utility of plants in the country.
Highlighting the traditional and age-old association of the people with the natural environment, the governor emphasized on preservation of treasured flora and fauna of the state for economic development.
He also released a book titled ‘Flora of Kurung Kumey District’, published by the Botanical Survey of India, Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion.
Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly, TN Thongdok, Additional Director, Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata Dr PM Padhye, Chairman, Indian Fern Society, Chandigarh Prof SP Khullar, Former Deputy Director, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow Dr Pradeep K Srivastava, and Head of Office, Botanical Survey of India, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Centre, Itanagar, Dr VK Rawat also shared their views on flora, particularly fern in the state. (PRO to Governor)