The Society for Environment and Biodiversity Conservation (SEBC), an NGO and The Himalaya Drug Company, organized a day-long program on the 25th anniversary of the International Day for Biological Diversity.
Themed as ‘Save Biodiversity – Rich Western Ghats’, the program witnessed participation from over 400 people comprising of environmentalists, forest department officials, educationists, college students, and nature lovers.
The event was inaugurated by Dr Pushkar, director, The International Centre, Dona Paula in the presence of officials from The Himalaya Drug Company. Speaking on the impact of deforestation on nature, Dr Babu, head of phytochemistry, The Himalaya Drug Company, said, “Western Ghats are one of the treasure houses of biodiversity and the plants there have been a source of medicine for years. Over 4,500 plants are reported to be used in traditional medicines such as Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Homeopathy. With the current rate of deforestation, India is losing about 1.5 million hectares of forest cover each year.”
The International Day for Biological Diversity, as proclaimed by the UN aims at enhancing the understanding and awareness on biodiversity issues. India is recognized as the 11th mega-biodiversity hottest hotspot in the world considering the biological diversity found in Northeastern India, Western Ghats, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
“Our biological diversity today is drastically affected by increasing human settlement. Today, the world is facing a dire need to protect endangered and rare plant species along with their habitats to maintain balance in nature,” said Dr Vikrant B Berde, president, SEBC.