Mangalore, August 11, 2012 : Dr M Sanjappa, former director of Botanical Survey of India inaugurated the garden of threatened plant species at Pilikula Nisargadhama in Vamanjoor on Friday, August 10th.
“Endangered plant species must be protected and preserved so that the future generations too can enjoy them. It is disappointing to see people of today exploiting biodiversity for their personal benefit. Nature has enough for need but not for greed. Suitable measures must be taken towards sustainable development” he said.
“Some of the major discoveries of plant uses have left an everlasting imprint on civilization. There was a huge demand for cinchona in the 17th century as it cured Malaria. One cannot think of a world without rubber. The discovery of sugar and tea has boosted the economy of several countries,” said Indian National Science Academy Scientist Dr R R Rao.
GKVK Lead Garden Professor and Curator Professor M D Rajanna released the Pilikula Arboretum brochure. KSHEC Member Secretary Professor K M Kaveriappa presided over the programme.
With an aim to create awareness among college students regarding the importance of plant taxonomy and conservation, a two-day workshop titled “Plant diversity and conservation” was inaugurated on Friday, August 10th, with the financial assistance of Ministry of Environment and Forest (MEF), Government of India.
Various sessions such as ‘Floristic diversity of Western Ghats- a conservation perspective,’ ‘Role of Botanical Survey of India in plant conservation,’ ‘Basic tools in taxonomy and identification of plants in the field’ were held.
Sessions on ’Floristic Diversity of DK and Udupi districts’, ’Role of Botanical Gardens in Plant Conservation’, ’Role of Herbaria and Bambusetum’ will be held on Saturday the August 10th.