Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday urged people to make judicious use of resources to combat climate change and ensure everyone’s well-being.
Encouraging people to sustainable management of forests, Sinha emphasised on striking a balance between society and the environment for a healthy ecosystem and a strong economy.
“Healthy forests are the key to the healthy living of people and it should be our topmost priority to safeguard these precious natural resources. Every element produced by nature nourishes us. Since time immemorial, the health and well-being of humans, animals, and the environment around us are interlinked,” Sinha said.
Sinha was attending a Forest, Ecology and Environment department event on the International Day of Forests here.
“Let us rededicate ourselves to protect nature and conserve forests with the spirit of ‘One World, One Health’,” he said.
Sinha directed the Jammu and Kashmir Rural Livelihoods Mission to launch a ‘Van Sakhi Yojana’ in coordination with the Forest department for the socio-economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs associated with the sector.
He also asked the department and other stakeholders to ensure that the policy on ‘Sustainable Utilisation of Non-Timber Forest Produce in JK’ is fully operationalised on the ground to maximise its benefits to the people, especially women and tribal communities.
Sinha emphasised on promoting high-value forest produce such as the Gucci mushroom and the Artemisia herbal plant that can be found in abundance in Jammu and Kashmir to improve the quality of life of the forest-dependent population without harming the green lands.
He also highlighted the efforts made in the last two years for the protection of natural resources and extending economic benefits, livelihood and entrepreneurship opportunities to tribal families.