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NATURE PARK, KEMPTY FALLS, NEAR MUSSOORIE INDIA TEL:0091-135-2653400, 0091-9319988666,+919897531965
(Contd from my blog:Responsible Citizenship under the flag title Sustainable Tourism)
A GRIM SCENARIO
All this damage could have been averted had the local people been more aware("educated" in terms of ecology). Moreso, because this is the zone that claims itself to be the "Educational capital of India"!!
He further added "I have noticed many vocational institutes are training your young people only to go and serve in bigger cities, this does not help in the development of the state. The government should ensure that their curricullum is so designed that the local youth could earn through self employment and contribute to the development of this state."
NATURE PARKS EFFORTS:-
1) Research with Flex Foods Ltd to identify a commercially viable herb for the villagers to grow with buy back assurance from M/s Flex Foods Ltd.
2) Identification of endemic endangered plants and "connected" insect and animal life with the help of Botanical and Zoological Surveys of India for propagation and in-situ rehabilitation by school children to build the lost habitat for birds and butterflies. Some school groups are shown below.
Mussoorie International School students Left and Centre Dun Intl School
Welham Boys School, Asian School at Bhatoli Asian School at Nature Park
Pheasants of the region:
The Kaleej Pheasant is now found in decreasing numbers
This pheasant and butterflies of this Himalayan region can be used as indicators for the health of the habitat which supports them.
The plants for in - situ rehabilitation have to be matched to the entamology of the region plants which support a particular insect which is the food for the pheasant
MAN IS AS MUCH A PART OF THIS BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AS THE PHEASANTS OR PLANTS AND NEED EQUAL CARE IF NOT MORE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.THE SOONER WE REALISE IT THE BETTER.
3) Creation of tent accommodation for accommodating student groups as well as farmers for hands on training in herb farming to help the local farmers to generate higher incomes
About the herb, as per Flex Foods Horticulturist Dr. Mamgain:
3) The herb does not require much care except at the time of harvest. Fourth quarter i.e. in winter the shrub hybernates. It has a life span for optimum output of 15 years (similar to an apple tree equivalent to having an orchard)
This program meets with the blessings of all concerned who appear in the photogallery and many more, whom we owe our gratitude.
Chief Minister N.N.Swami
The Potato Dance
This is the collective Farewell Dance