J&K Biodiversity Council Conducts Stakeholder Consultation Meeting on LBSAP for City of Jammu – Kashmir Reader

JAMMU: The Biodiversity Council of Jammu and Kashmir held a Stakeholder Consultation Meeting today to develop a Local Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (LBSAP) for Smart City, Jammu.
Accordingly, LBSAP enables the city to build resilience to climate change and incorporate biodiversity conservation into urban design solutions. The task of developing LBSAP has been assigned to ICLEI South Asia, a reputable agency contracted by UNDP, which also supports the preparation of the UT level biodiversity strategy and action plan for J&K. The J&K Biodiversity Council has already published the City Biodiversity Index (CBI) for Jammu and Srinagar Smart Cities.
The City Biodiversity Index is an assessment tool for cities to assess and monitor the progress of their biodiversity conservation efforts against their own baseline developed during preparation. The information on native biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by the city government’s biodiversity and its management, as reported in the City Biodiversity Index, will be used in the development of LBSAP.
The J&K Biodiversity Council is also developing LBSAP for Srinagar Smart City and a stakeholder consultation meeting is scheduled for 17 November 2022. Once developed, these LBSAPs for the cities of Jammu and Srinagar will be the 6th and 7th in the country.
On that occasion, Commissioner for Forests, Ecology and Environment Sanjeev Verma emphasized the ecological balance and the importance of developing a sound strategy and action plan to preserve and preserve the city of Jammu’s biodiversity. He recognized the J&K Biodiversity Council’s efforts to conserve J&K’s biodiversity and advised the Council to accelerate the consultation process for the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan at the UT level.
dr Mohit Gera, PCCF and HoFF, J&K and Chair of the J&K Biodiversity Council, spoke about the initiatives taken by the Council to develop the LBSAP for the cities of Jammu and Srinagar. He updated participants on various aspects of J&K biodiversity and the Council’s achievements in establishing BMCs, developing and updating PBRs, and conducting meetings of BMCs in J&K during the recently completed Jan Abhiyan: Back to Village program “. . He further pointed out that the preparation of the LBSAP is mandatory under the Biodiversity Act and that it is a document similar to the national and state/UT level documents on the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.
Asaf Mehmood Sagar, Member Secretary of the J&K Biodiversity Council, provided the background to the stakeholder consultation meeting.
The ICLEI team led by Dr. Monalisa Sen, Program Coordinator (Biodiversity), ICLEI South Asia, conducted the stakeholder consultation meeting in Jammu and moderated the process.
The main objective of this meeting was to identify focus areas and prioritize drivers impacting the health of various ecosystems in Jammu and define goals and key actions for Jammu’s LBSAP alongside developing the vision statement for LBSAP.
The consultation meeting was attended by stakeholders such as the district government, Jammu Municipal Corporation, Jammu Smart City project officials and representatives from professional departments such as forests, wildlife, agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, fisheries, Panchayati Raj and rural development, livestock and sheep farming, etc. involved .
The stakeholder meeting was attended by Dr. Neelu Gera, PCCF and Chair JKPCC, Roshan Jaggi, PCCF and Director of Social Forestry Department, J&K, Suresh Kumar Gupta, PCCF and Chief Wildlife Warden, J&K, BM Sharma, Additional PCCF Jammu, B. Balaji, Part , CCF, Planning and projects, Jatinder Singh, Director Floriculture, Jammu, Pawan Kumar, Additional Commissioner, Jammu, Kulbushan Khajuria, Joint Commissioner Health and Sanitation JMC, Dr. CM Seth, former IFS, Dr. Navneet Kaur, Founding President NGO SUPPORT , Officials of the Forestry, Agriculture, Horticultural, Floriculture and Fisheries Departments.

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