Noamundi, October 27, 2016: With the aim to promote biodiversity awareness, Tata Steel today organised Spot the Species programme at Noamundi. The objective of the programme was to create awareness and sensitivity towards biodiversity and ecosystem.
The day-long event was attended by about 100 school children and teachers from in and around Noamundi.
The programme began with registration of students, group formation and briefing the students about the programme. The event witnessed participation from Anand Bihari, Range Officer (Forest); Amren Dang, BDO, Noamundi; Kerketta, Indian Bureau of Mines and senior officers of Tata Steel at Noamundi including Pankaj Satija, GM (OMQ) and R P Mali, Chief Noamundi.
Speaking on the occasion Satija said, “Conservation of local species and environment go hand in hand and this programme will go a long way in creating awareness among school children, teachers and their families for peaceful cohabitation of humans and such species.”
He also spoke on climate change impact, risks, afforestation strategy and the need to be equally cautious about the wild species living in one’s ecosystem.
School children from Tata DAV School, Noamundi, St. Mary’s School, Noamundi, Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Noamundi, Kasturba Gandhi High School, Noamundi, TISCO ME School, Noamundi, Government High School, Noamundi, Sial Joda High School and Sial Joda-BPH participated in the event.
Students were facilitated to different locations inside the Noamundi township where students captured photographs of different species and submitted the same to the jury with caption.
The jury selected the best photographs with caption and prizes were distributed to students at the Noamundi Club towards the evening. The jury comprised of Office bearers of PRERNA, Utsav Kashyap, Senior Manager, Environment; Priyanka, Environment and Amita, HRM.
“This is a small contribution of Tata Steel towards the National Biodiversity Target number 1, which envisages by 2020, national initiatives using communities’ traditional knowledge on biodiversity to be strengthened, with a view to protect this knowledge in accordance with national legislations and international obligations,” said a company spokesperson.