seventh version of ‘UP Hen and Nature Pageant’ from Feb 1 at Mahoba

7th edition of ‘UP Bird and Nature Festival’ from Feb 1 at Mahoba

seventh version of ‘UP Hen and Nature Pageant’ from Feb 1 at Mahoba

3-day occasion to advertise chook watching & ecotourism in Uttar Pradesh

UP Forest Division to organise seventh version of ‘UP Hen and Nature Pageant’

With the target to advertise Uttar Pradesh as a vacation spot for ecotourism and notably chook watching, moreover preserving biodiversity within the state, the seventh version of the UP Hen and Nature Pageant will probably be held from February 1–3 at Mahoba in Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh. In accordance with the UP Forest Division, the organiser of the occasion, nature and chook lovers from India and overseas are anticipated to attend the three-day pageant on the Vijay Sagar Hen Sanctuary in Bundelkhand.

The Uttar Pradesh Forest Division together with its eco-tourism division will probably be internet hosting the seventh version of the ‘UP Hen and Nature Pageant’, which is scheduled to be held at Vijay Sagar Hen Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand area from February 1.

This was introduced by Principal Chief Conservator of Forest & Head of Forest Drive Mamta Dubey. She was accompanied by Manoj Singh IAS, Further Chief Secretary, EF & CC Division UP, Sunil Chowdhary, Further Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Uttar Pradesh, and S N Mishra, CCF Kanpur.

The three-day lengthy pageant, which goals to encourage and speed up nature-based ecotourism and appreciation of biodiverse-rich wildlife reserves and sanctuaries of Uttar Pradesh will probably be held at Vijay Sagar Hen Sanctuary in Mahoba.  The pageant can also be anticipated to be attended by nationwide in addition to worldwide specialists within the fields of birding, nature conservation, and wildlife tourism and pictures, Dubey advised the press on the convention.

‘‘We imagine {that a} holistic and collaborative method to nature-based ecotourism and cultural tourism is important for sustainable progress as they’re each undeniably co-dependent. Whereas efforts have been ongoing to advertise these circuits, we at the moment are taking extra energetic measures to develop an consciousness of those prospects to the world of travellers,’’ Dubey mentioned.

Curated across the central theme of Ecotourism for Nature Conservation, the pageant will comprise a number of actions together with panel discussions on birding and eco-tourism within the state in addition to  discipline excursions picture displays, guide launches, and extra, say the organisers. The pageant is predicted to draw nature lovers, birdwatchers, and wildlife lovers to discover the state’s wealthy forests, wildlife and its numerous natural world.

“We’ve got 26 wildlife sanctuaries and one nationwide park, 4 tiger reserves, and two elephant reserves in UP. It’s not about growing or lowering the variety of wildlife sanctuaries; it’s about sustaining them correctly. And we’re sustaining very properly. The inhabitants is growing. The tiger census will probably be launched quickly. In our rivers, the dolphin inhabitants is growing, and the gharial inhabitants is growing, so we try to preserve and protect our pure heritage,” Dubey advised Media India Group on the event.

The occasion is predicted to draw chook watchers from throughout India and even abroad, moreover folks concerned with ecotourism and exploring the wealth of natural world within the state, say the organisers.

“When folks come from outdoors India and even outdoors UP, we try to offer them an expertise, not only a vacationer spot. With the target in thoughts, we’ve determined to work on these house stays, the place we’re not solely selling the wild life space but additionally selling the tradition of our native folks. Our local people and fringe group are energetic companions in our ecotourism initiative as a result of they’re those who’re instrumental in defending the forests greater than anybody else as a result of, for metropolis folks, the forest is a romantic idea, however for individuals who live on the fringes or contained in the forest, it’s a very actual, day-to-day idea. For them a tiger transferring alongside their village shouldn’t be a novelty so we try to contain them in throughout initiative and we try to advertise the showcasing of our tradition and the life model that the folks have to draw the vacationer,” Dubey emphasised.

One of many key spots for birdwatching are wetlands or numerous water our bodies like rivers, lakes and ponds. Nonetheless, all of the waterbodies and particularly wetlands are consistently beneath an existential menace, the world over and in India as effectively.

Wetlands are areas the place water is the first issue controlling the setting and the related plant and animal life. Wetlands play an integral position within the ecology of the watershed. The mixture of shallow water, excessive ranges of vitamins is right for the event of organisms that kind the bottom of the meals internet and feed many species of fish, amphibians, shellfish and bugs and therefore they’re amongst the favorite spots for birds.

Wetlands are important to human and planet life. A couple of billion folks rely on them for a dwelling and 40% of the world’s species reside and breed in wetlands. As per a worldwide conference, the Ramsar Conference, to save lots of wetlands, a lot of wetlands have been recognised as Ramsar websites that have to be preserved.

India has a community of 49 Ramsar websites overlaying an space of 1.1 million hectares, the most important in South Asia. In all, India has almost 4.6 computer of its land as wetlands, overlaying an space of 15.26 million hectares.

Nonetheless, encroachments have been threatening the survival of wetlands all throughout the nation, together with Uttar Pradesh. Final week, alleging encroachment, ornithologist Anand Arya moved to the Supreme Court docket and the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal over an “inordinate” delay in notifying the Dhanauri wetlands in Higher Noida as a Ramsar website for conservation. Dhanauri was among the many 201,503 wetlands that the SC had ordered to be mapped in 2017.

Nonetheless, Dubey counters Arya’s competition, saying that the state forest division had taken sufficient measures to guard not solely Dhanauri but additionally different wetlands.

“Wetlands are contained in the forest, on income land, widespread land, and even on personal land. Dhanauri is a wetland that, I believe, is on personal land, so we try to guard the wetland. Even whether it is on personal land, clearly we are able to do one thing to guard it and put it on the market. We will take the proprietor into confidence and advise on the administration of those wetlands, however we can not take it by drive. It’s in the end his land so far as encroachment is anxious. As I mentioned, we’re notifying wetlands beneath the wetland rule. UP has a well-defined wetland rule. We even have a wetland authority, we’re figuring out wetland, we’ve created an atlas, and we’re at the moment making ready administration plans and dealing on administration programmes for the ecological restoration of those wetlands,’’ Dubey mentioned.

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