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North Eastern Region of India is a genetic treasure house of plants and animals says Union Minister for Forests, Environment and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan

 

 

Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Forests, Environment and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurates the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development in Meghalaya.

Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Forests, Environment and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan, today inaugurated the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development, Meghalaya at Upper Shillong.

Speaking at the inaugural function Dr. Vardhan said that the North Eastern Region of India is a genetic treasure house of plants, animals and microbial resources and is amongst the top mega-biodiversity hotspots of the world. He also informed that the IBSD was set up to identify the rich biodiversity and unique bio-resources of the state that can boost the bio-economy and generate jobs for the unemployed youth through bio-entrepreneurship.

Minister for Urban Affairs Hamlet Dohling, said the State of Meghalaya is rich of bio-resources and has a vast potential to contribute to the nation. With the increasing population of the state is putting up pressure on its biodiversity, he also said judiciously harness the bio-resources and sustainable development is being seen as the only way forward to pass on a secure future to the coming generations. He calls upon all stakeholders to work together with the IBSD to take certain action to protect and preserve the rich biodiversity of the State by creating awareness on various issues endangering the environment. He also urged the IBSD to take up certain action plan to develop the bio-resources of the State as a measure of sustainable use of resources and to develop local specific biotechnological intervention on the unique bio-resources of the state to enhance farmer productivity and generate employment opportunities. (PR)

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