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Dehradun Forest Ecology conducts a one-week training course on Conservation and Management of Coastal Ecosystems

In Uttarakhand, Dehradun Forest Ecology and Climate Change Division of Forest Research Institute is organizing a one-week training course on ‘Conservation and Management of Coastal Ecosystems’ for officers of the Indian Coast Guard from today. The purpose of this training course is to develop an understanding of the issues related to coastal biodiversity and its management.

The training course is being attended by 12 officers of Goa, Gujrat, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, and New Delhi. The Director of FRI, Dr. Renu Singh expressed her views on the importance of the coastal ecosystem and its management. Dr. Singh mentioned that coastal areas around the globe are under tremendous pressure due to several economic and industrial activities. These pressures are threatening the ecological stability of the coastal ecosystem.

She emphasised that climate change is also affecting coastal and marine ecosystems by increasing the frequency of extreme weather events, raising sea levels, raising sea surface temperatures, and causing ocean acidification. The impact of climate change especially, sea-level rise on coastal biodiversity, communities, and agricultural output is projected to be significant. Therefore, its conservation and management are the need of the hour.

The training programme will go on for one week in which eminent resource persons will be sharing their experiences and knowledge on coastal biodiversity and management. Two Field tours will be arranged to Mussoorie Wildlife Sanctuary in Mussoorie and Jhilmil Jheel in Haridwar to expose the officers to the conservation and management of biodiversity.

 

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