Friday , April 19 2024

MoU signed between Valley of Flowers National Park of Uttarakhand and Triglav National Park of Slovenia

Dehradun, 17 November (HS). To promote mutual cooperation in the field of management of protected areas, resource management and environmental education between Uttarakhand and Slovenia, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Valley of Flowers National Park of Uttarakhand and Triglav National Park of Slovenia in Slovenia's capital, Slovenia. Is. The Chief Minister has described this as an effort to give recognition to the state's biodiversity at the global level.

This MoU was signed by Dr. Sameer Sinha, Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden of Uttarakhand and Dr. Tit Potonik, Director of Triglav National Park, in the presence of Namrata Kumar, Ambassador of India to Slovenia. According to this MoU, both the national parks will be given the status of sister parks of each other. In this MoU, cooperation between the two national parks will provide an opportunity to share management experiences among each other, disseminate information and present the best practices of Slovenia and Uttarakhand in forest management at the global level.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that both the national parks have been declared world natural heritage by UNESCO. This will definitely give new recognition to Uttarakhand's contribution in forest and protected area management at the global level. Also, more tourists will be attracted to the beauty of the Valley of Flowers.

Valley of Flowers National Park of Uttarakhand and Triglav National Park of Slovenia have both been declared World Natural Heritage by UNESCO. Valley of Flowers National Park was established in 1982 and has an area of ​​87.5 km². Triglav National Park is Slovenia's only national park, established in 1981. Its area is 880 square km. Triglav peak is the highest peak in Slovenia, reaching a height of 2863.65 metres. Just like the Valley of Flowers National Park is situated in the Uttarakhand Himalayan region, similarly this national park is also situated amidst the Julian Alps mountains. The conditions, opportunities and challenges here are in many ways similar to those of the Valley of Flowers National Park.

It is noteworthy that this is the first time when not only Uttarakhand but any protected area of ​​India has made such an agreement for cooperation with any protected area of ​​a foreign country. The encouragement of Chief Minister Dhami and the guidance of Forest Minister Subodh Uniyal were very important in giving shape to this MoU.

Will get recognition at international level –

With the signing of this MoU, by making the Valley of Flowers National Park of Uttarakhand a sister park, the state of Uttarakhand will get a new recognition at the global level for its contribution in forest and protected area management, along with the promotion of forest management efforts through public participation. The contribution of the local communities will also be recognized at the international level. This will provide an opportunity to share information about latest techniques in forest and protected area management, which will help in facing challenges like man-wildlife conflict, forest fire, climate change and UNESCO World Heritage declared Valley of Flowers in the high Himalayan regions. There will be publicity about the regions in Europe also. Also, more number of foreign tourists will be inspired to come here.

A delegation from Slovenia will soon come to Uttarakhand-

Slovenia showed keen interest in cooperating with Uttarakhand in view of the similarities in the mountainous region. In the coming time, this will be taken further with the cooperation of the Embassy of India in Slovenia. To give impetus to this issue, a delegation from Slovenia is likely to visit Uttarakhand soon. During this visit to Slovenia, Ambassador of India to Slovenia Namrata Kumar, Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) of Uttarakhand and Chief Wildlife Warden Dr. Sameer Sinha, on behalf of the Members of the National Assembly of Slovenia, Mayors of various cities under Triglav National Park, A meeting was also held with several experts, including the Director of the Institute of Investment and International Cooperation of Slovenia, and information was given to them about forest and wildlife management in Uttarakhand, especially the role of communities in it, opportunities for mountaineering, tourism etc. and they were given information about various opportunities. Books and other details were made available.