Bhopal: A two-day National Conference on Lesser Known Species of Madhya Pradesh, organized by SNHC, India in collaboration with Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board, Bhopal Birds and Madhya Pradesh Tiger Foundation Society was inaugurated by Chief Guest Mr. JN Kansotiya, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest. JS Chauhan, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife, Dr. Atul Kumar Srivastava, Member Secretary, Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board and Mr. Aseem Srivastava, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Production were present as special guests on the occasion.
On the occasion of the inauguration, in his address by the guest JN Kansotiya, Additional Chief Secretary, emphasis was laid on the conservation of such species which are becoming extinct or on which research work has decreased. Along with conservation of various species, the names found in their local languages were also included in the data by Kansotiya .
Shri JS Chauhan emphasized on conserving many endangered species found in Madhya Pradesh and spreading awareness about them.
In the inaugural session of the programme, the Chief Guest Mr. JN Consoiya, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest, also released the calendar "Butterfly of Bhoj Wetland '' based on the research work being done by Bhopal Birds and Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board on butterflies in Bhoj Tal.
On the first day of the program, a presentation was made by Ms. Parveen Shaikh, Bombay Natural History Society on the conservation work being done on the Indian skimmer in the National Chambal Sanctuary. In this, skimmer's nesting in Chambal region, and their dangers were discussed in detail and their conservation efforts were told. Dr. Surjit Narvare, Assistant Director, Bombay Natural History Society gave a presentation on the works being done by Kharmor bird in Madhya Pradesh. And with the joint efforts of the public and various departments in the protected areas, emphasis was laid on their conservation.
Dr. Shoumita Mukherjee, Senior Scientist, Salim Ali Center for Ornithology, gave information on the work being done on wild cats found in Madhya Pradesh and displayed the information collected by me.
Shri K Narasimha Rajan gave information on Fresh Water Otter in the programme. Shri Praful Chowdhary and Shri Sewaram Malik gave information on Indian wolf and Shri David Raju on reptiles of Madhya Pradesh. Scientists, senior forest officials, researchers, students etc. from different states of India are participating in the workshop. Officials and representatives of Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board, Bhopal Birds, Van Vihar National Park, WWF, VNS Nature Savior, APCO and various organizations participated in the programme.
On the second day of the program on January 21, resource persons from different subjects will participate.