Bhopal, October 1, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan): Wildlife Conservation Week will be held at Van Vihar National Park here from October 1. Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar will inaugurate the week being held to enhance public awareness towards wildlife conservation at 10.30 am. As many as 1500 students of Bhopal’s schools and colleges will participate in painting competition at Vihar Vithika in the park where a photo and painting exhibition on wildlife is also being held during the week. Bird watching camps will also be held from October 2 to 5 from 6.30 to 8.30 am. On the second day of the week October 2, information and exhibition on snakes and debate competition of students, photography and teachers’ debate competition on October 3, rangoli competition based on nature and wildlife on October 4 and essay competitions in 3 categories will be held on October 5. Topics of essay are “Birds and Butterflies are our Friends”, “Vulture Conservation as Important as Tiger Conservation” and “Carbon Footprint – India in International Background”.
Creative camp for school children and quiz forum for class IX to XII students will be held on October 6. The week will conclude with fancy dress competition on October 7. Open quiz forum will also be held in which anyone can participate. Prizes to winners of various competitions will also be distributed the same day. Extending greetings on Wildlife Conservation Week to state’s people, Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that it is a good opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to our duty towards conservation of environment and wildlife.
Mr. Chouhan said that Wildlife Conservation Week is held every year from October 1 to 7 to renew our love and dedication towards wildlife. Mr. Chouhan said that Earth caters to basic needs of all including human beings. Encroachment on natural habitats of wildlife and wanton exploitation of natural resources have emerged as a major challenge for last several decades. Its solution lies in balance and coordination between sustainable utilisation of natural resources and environmental conservation. It is possible only when we are alert and well wishers of wildlife and natural resources.