Jamshedpur, March 21: In order to reach out to the unreachable and to spread the message of conservation amongst the rural masses, this year Tata Steel Zoological Park commemorated World Forestry Day and Water Day on Monday, March 21, at Kuiani village in Bodam block of East Singhbhum district.
The Zoo education team visited Kuiani today where rural women and children from Kuiani and neighboring villages were addressed stressing upon the core subject of “importance of conservation of forests and water for the survival of human beings.” In addition to this, a “Touch & Learn” program was also conducted wherein the participants were shown exhibits from the Zoo Museum. More than 100 rural women and children participated in the program.
The messages that were shared during the program involved sensitizing the rural masses as to why forests and water are vital to the planet for many reasons. Forests cover more than 30 percent of the world’s land and contain more than 60,000 tree species, many yet to be unidentified. They host and safeguard the planet’s biodiversity and act as our natural defense against climate change. They are shelters for more than half of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects.
According to a press communiqué issued by the Tata Steel Zoological Park regarding the event, forests also act as a balance to maintain oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity levels in the air and are vital for protecting watersheds, which supply fresh water to rivers. Yet despite all of these priceless benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate, 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually.
Further, pictorial depiction of water conservation, water management and water pollution were displayed amongst the participants. They were explained as to how inefficient methods of irrigation of agricultural land, a lot of water is wasted as run off. Water needs are increasing every year and the proven fact is that clean water is not available to 1 out of 5 people on earth. The increased demand in water combined with the pollution of water has had many adverse effects on the environment, growth and economy – mainly on the rural people.
As part of meeting the AICHI Target-1 of the strategic plan for biodiversity Conservation 2020, the Zoo has taken the initiative to make more and more people aware of the value of biodiversity by organizing various educational activities such as these throughout the year.