National seminar on Himalayan plant diversity inaugurated in Shillong

Shillong, March 08: Governor of Meghalaya Ganga Prasad today inaugurated the two-day National Seminar on ‘Himalayan Plant Diversity: Taxonomy Conservation and Sustainable Utilization’ at the auditorium of the Botanical Survey of India, Lower New Colony. The Seminar is being organised by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Eastern Regional Centre in collaboration with the East Himalayan Society for Spermatophyte Taxonomy (EHSST) and the North Eastern Hill University.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that India is rich in biological resources due to the diversified climatic and geographical conditions ranging from the sea level to the high hills of the Himalayas. The Northeastern region which is the abode of almost 50% of India’s biodiversity alone, is a recognised “biodiversity hotspot” worldwide. The Governor added that the different kinds of unique and valuable plants found abundantly in the Northeastern hills are of immense value in sustaining our existence today and a treasure for future generations.

He stressed on the importance of plant research for the welfare of mankind and expressed hope that seminar would help create awareness and encourage more scientists, researchers to undertake researches on plant diversity, identifying significant species and work on applications for sustainable uses.

Delivering the Presidential Address, Dr AA Moa, President of the EHSST and chairman of the seminar, gave an insight on the functions of the BSI and EHSST and also focused on the significance, from the ecological and evolutionary point of the view, of the Himalayan region. It must be noted that the Himalayan region contains more than one third of the country’s total biodiversity.

Earlier, the Governor also released a souvenir commemorating the two days seminar.

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