JAMMU, MAY 28:
Department of Botany, University of Jammu today organized a 5-day Training workshop-cum-field collection program on Global Seed Conservation Challenge- Conserving India’s threatened Flora in collaboration with Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), United Kingdom. a plant conservation organization based in Kew, London begin here in University of Jammu. On this occasion Prof. Geeta Sumbali, Dean, Life Sciences, University of Jammu was the Chief Guest while Dr. C M Seth, IFS (Retd) and Director, Centre for environment Education and training (CEET) was the guest of Honour and Prof. Namrata Sharma, Head, Department of Botany, University of Jammu presided over the inaugural session of the training programme. As many as 20 participants from various organizations including, J&K State Forest Department, Agriculture Department, Higher Education and school Education Departments and research scholars belonging to various specialization of Botany are participating in the said project.Apart from the training modules on various aspects of seed conservation, monthly on filed seed collection forays to various locations of the State of Jammu & Kashmir would be the part of this project.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Geeta Sumbali highlighted the role of seed conservation as a backbone of conserving India’s threatened flora. She focused mainly on how selection of appropriate seeds should be promoted and highlighted the importance of seed collection of important tree species and their storage for posterity.
Earlier, Prof Namrata Sharma, Head, Department of Botany extended a formal welcome to the dignitaries and the participating delegates and thanked them for participating in the training on Global Seed Conservation Challenge- Conserving India’s threatened Flora. Shethanked Prof. Geeta Sumbali, Dean, Life Sciences for gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest and assured all support for the successful proceeding s of the training workshop.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is a plant conservation organization based in Kew, London. Presently, the organisation is working with 800 Botanic Gardens in 118 countries, whose combined work form the largest plant conservation network and whose mission is to mobilise botanic gardens and engage partners in securing plant diversity for the well being of the people and the planet.