Army holds awareness-cum workshop in Kazinag National Park

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Srinagar: To mark World Tourism Day, Army stationed at the Lachipora wildlife sanctuary organised a daylong workshop-cum-awareness in Lachipora on September 27, 2021, the Army said here on Sunday.

In a statement, issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), a spokesperson said that the workshop was aimed at seeking different stakeholders to unite for promoting eco-tourism at Kazinag National Park.

The statement reads that the identification of the tourism zones, development of home stays, identification and skill enhancement of nature guides, procurement of army permissions in advance, backup plan in case of any border related issue during the ongoing programme, any medical history should be produced by the guest prior to arrival etc, were discussed.

As per the statement, Project head and regional manager Wildlife Trust of India, Dr Riyaz Ahmad, who was the chief guest on the occasion, talked about the importance of nature conservation, emphasising threats to Markhor and highlighted the crucial role that the army can play to save it and its habitat.

“There is a need to develop a synergy between PRIs, local villages heads, Army and Police to work in a holistic manner in the development of tourism and Markhor conservation” said Lt Col Debdeep Dey.

The statement reads that BDC chairperson? Khursheed Ahmad Mir, emphasised that awareness among the masses, especially those living close to natural habitat in rural areas is urgently required and Public participation is paramount in the successful implementation of any nature conservation program—(KNO)

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