J&K Biodiversity Council is organizing a stakeholder consultation meeting regarding the LBSAP for the city of Jammu

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JAMMU, NOVEMBER 15 (KNS): The Jammu and Kashmir Biodiversity Council today organized a stakeholder consultation meeting for the development of a Local Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (LBSAP) for Smart City, Jammu.

In a relevant way, LBSAP allows the city to strengthen its resilience to climate change, to integrate the conservation of biodiversity into urban planning solutions. The task of developing the LBSAP has been entrusted to ICLEI South Asia, a renowned agency contracted by the UNDP, which is also supporting the preparation of the UT-level biodiversity strategy and action plan for J&K. The J&K Biodiversity Council has already published the City Biodiversity Index (CBI) for Jammu and Srinagar Smart Cities.

The City Biodiversity Index is an assessment tool for cities to assess and track the progress of their biodiversity conservation efforts against their own benchmark developed during preparation. Information on native biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by biodiversity and its management by the city administration, as contained in the city’s biodiversity index, will be used to develop the LBSAP.

The J&K Biodiversity Council is also developing an LBSAP for Srinagar Smart City and a stakeholder consultation meeting is due to be held on November 17, 2022. Once developed, these LBSAPs for Jammu and Srinagar cities will be the 6th and 7th in the country.

Speaking on this occasion, the Secretary-Commissioner for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Sanjeev Verma, emphasized the ecological balance and the importance of developing a strategy and a plan action plans to conserve and preserve the biodiversity of the city of Jammu. He appreciated the efforts of the J&K Biodiversity Council in support of J&K’s biodiversity conservation and advised the Council to expedite the consultation process for the UT-level biodiversity strategy and action plan.

Dr. Mohit Gera, PCCF and HoFF, J&K and Chairman of the J&K Biodiversity Council, spoke about the initiatives taken by the council to develop the LBSAP for the cities of Jammu and Srinagar. He briefed the participants on the various aspects of J&K’s biodiversity and the Board’s achievements in forming BMCs, developing and updating PBRs, and conducting BMC meetings at J&K during the program. “Jan Abhiyan: Return to the Village” recently concluded. . He further informed that the preparation of the LBSAP is mandatory under the Biodiversity Act and it is a similar document to the national level and state/UT level documents on strategy and biodiversity action plan.

Asaf Mehmood Sagar, Member Secretary, J&K Biodiversity Council, presented the background to the stakeholder consultation meeting.

The ICLEI team led by Dr. Monalisa Sen, Program Coordinator (Biodiversity), ICLEI South Asia, led the stakeholder consultation meeting in Jammu and facilitated the discussions.

The main objective of this meeting was to identify priority areas and prioritize factors impacting the health of various ecosystems in Jammu and set key objectives and actions for the Jammu LBSAP in addition to developing the vision statement for LBSAP.

The consultation meeting involved the stakeholders such as District Administration, Jammu Municipal Corporation, Jammu Smart City Project Managers and representatives from responsible departments such as Forestry, Wildlife, Agriculture, Horticulture , floriculture, fishing, Panchayati Raj and rural development, animal and sheep breeding, etc. .

The stakeholder meeting was attended by Dr. Neelu Gera, PCCF and Chairman of JKPCC, Roshan Jaggi, PCCF and Director of Social Forestry Department, J&K, Suresh Kumar Gupta, PCCF and Chief Wildlife Warden, J&K, BM Sharma, Additional PCCF Jammu, B. Balaji, CCF, Planning and Projects, Jatinder Singh, Director Floriculture, Jammu, Pawan Kumar, Additional Commissioner, Jammu, Kulbushan Khajuria, JMC Health and Sanitation Co-Commissioner, Dr CM Seth, Former IFS, Dr Navneet Kaur , founding president NGO SUPPORT , officers of the departments of forestry, agriculture, horticulture, floriculture and fisheries. (KNS)

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