Collective efforts can reverse ecosystem degradation and thus boost livelihoods: Sinha

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha addressed a “Our Country, Our Future” conference on World Environment Day at Sazgaripora, Srinagar on Wednesday. The event was organized by Nigeen Lake Conservation Organization (NLCO).

In his address, the Lieutenant Governor emphasized the need for land rehabilitation to address the challenges of land degradation, drought and desertification.

“’Environment First’ is our vision and we are committed to revitalizing the damaged ecosystem. Our collective efforts to combat ecosystem degradation will enhance livelihoods and food security and prevent extreme weather events,” he said.

Sinha called on NGOs, financial institutions, corporate organizations, volunteers, civil society members and individuals to act as ‘Agents of Change’ and work for ecological conservation and restoration. “Preventing pollution, increasing green cover and conserving natural resources should be our common goals.”

On this occasion, the Lieutenant Governor reiterated the government’s commitment to preserving the environment and promoting sustainable living. He also spoke about the government’s initiatives and programs aimed at protecting and conserving the rich biodiversity of J&K.

The governor set two important goals for citizens: ending the use of single-use plastics and strengthening the waste management system. He also appealed to people living in rural areas to identify such works in their villages that can help restore the ecosystem and prevent land degradation.

The Lieutenant Governor appreciated the contribution of Nigeen Lake Conservation Organization in the transformation of Gilsar-Khushalsar water body and assured the organization of all possible support from the government in its efforts.

An environmental protection pledge was also presented to the people on this occasion. This year, the theme of World Environment Day focuses on land degradation, desertification and drought resilience.

Mandeep Kaur, Commissioner Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department; Vijay Bidhuri, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Dr. Bilal Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr. Bashir Ahmad Bhat, VC LCMA; Manzoor Wangnoo, Chairman Nigeen Lake Conservation Organization; Senior officials, social activists, volunteers and youth were present in large numbers.