SUBJECT :A daylong capacity building training programme on biodiversity conservation and climate change was organized at G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, Sikkim regional center, Pangthang 


Gangtok, January 2, 2018: A daylong capacity building training programme on biodiversity conservation and climate change was organized at G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, Sikkim regional center, Pangthang here recently.

The programme held under National Mission for sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystems (NMSHE-Task Force 3) was to sensitize the people and different stakeholders about the conservation of biological diversity under the scenario of changing climate, a press release informs.

During the training, GBPNIHESD scientist-in-charge M.Singh briefed about the regional center towards the conserving the biological diversity through biotechnological interventions. BSI scientist D.K. Agrawala delivered his talk on Orchids diversity and highlighted how the orchid diversity changes towards climate change phenomena. This was followed by informative talk by subject experts Santosh Kumar Rai and Bhoj Kumar Acharya from Sikkim University. Rai delivered his talk on how the plant diversity and forest types of the Sikkim were changed over the years while Acharya highlighted how the biodiversity changes along the elevation gradient with suitable examples and publications.

Experts from GBPNIHESD briefed about the importance of pollinators and pollination services, Devendra Kumar highlighted the importance of ecological niche modeling and role of lichens for monitoring the climate change in Indian Himalayan region. The presentation session was followed by a filed visit in nearby campus areas and participants were briefed about the vegetation sampling, specimen collection and herbarium preparation. A total of 40 participants attended the workshop from different organization of Sikkim, the release mentions.


Source: Sikkim Express