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India celebrates International Day for Biodiversity, national celebrations held in Goa
In India, the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB-2017) got celebrated on May 22 by various organisations and institutions. The national level celebrations of IDB were held at Dinanath Mangeshkar Auditorium, Kala Academy in Goa, with Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar as the chief guest, stated an official release.

Parrikar stressed on the need for a strong community connect and people's participation for Biodiversity Conservation. He called for afforestation and responsible development through effective and scientific pollution control system. He cited the example of the solid waste disposal of Goa, which is a model system for others to emulate.

He inaugurated an exhibition with exhibits from 12 states including Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh besides stalls from UNDP, GIZ, Zoological Survey of India, Botanical Survey of India, Goa Forest Department, Goa State Biodiversity Board and NBA, added the release.

Dr Amita Prasad, referring to the theme 'Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism' of the observance said that the development and protection of the environment needs to be integrated. She highlighted the challenges and opportunities that sustainable tourism presents, while supporting nature conservation. Dr B Meenakumari and Marina Walter also addressed the audience on the need of protection of biodiversity and strengthening of ecosystem services.

On the occasion of IBD event, a newsletter 'Biodiversity Matters' was launched, and some knowledge products and communication material were also released on the occasion along with honouring outstanding bio-diversity conservationists with awards.

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