INTERNATIONAL BIODIVERSITY DAY – 2021
Baridua, 9th Mile, Meghalaya, 22nd May 2021: The Department of Zoology, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) celebrated the International Biodiversity Day by organizing a National Webinar based on the theme of the year 2021 – “We’re part of the solution” on 22nd May from 11.00 AM.
The programme began with the formal welcome speech by the Honourable Vice-Chancellor of USTM, Prof. G. D. Sharma who talked about the rich biodiversity of various flora and fauna of India. He also stressed upon the need of conservation of biodiversity which would suffice the health of the environment and also the economy of the country to a great extent.
The formal introduction of the speaker Dr. Rohit Naniwadekar, Scientist, Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore, Karnataka was done by the Head, Department of Zoology, Dr. Dipankar Dutta. Dr. Rohit has been working extensively on the conservation of Hornbills in North East India from 2006 till date. He has also developed close ties with the local and tribal people for bringing down the hunting and deforestation which were amplifying the decrease of population of Hornbills at a certain period of time.
Dr. Rohit gave away a very informative and detailed webinar on the topic “Constant Gardeners: On why we need to save the Hornbills” to around 210 participants including students, researchers and faculties of USTM, Cotton University, various institutes of Assam and India discussing about his works carried out for Hornbills in North East and the Andaman Islands. His studies on the ecology, habit and habitat have brought a wide understanding about these birds. The awareness instilled by him among the common people has today resulted in true conservation of different species of Hornbills in Northeast India. His talk has truly justified the theme of 2021 that only we as the society can bring about a dignified change in preserving the biodiversity of the planet.
The programme ended with inquisitive questions by the participants to the speaker and a formal vote of thanks and acclaiming the programme as a grand success.