Chamling bats for ban on use of chemical fertilizers

Dehradun, October 4, 2018(IPR): “Today I urged all state governments to ban use of chemical fertilizers and requested the on-going Congress to adopt similar resolution calling upon every other state in the Country to follow organic farming practices by effectively banning use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides as a very bold yet appropriate policy intervention to save this earth from ultimate devastation”. The Chief Minister PawanChamlingsaid while addressing the Congress after inaugurating the International Biodiversity Congress as Chief Guest here at the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun amidst impressive gathering of organic practitioners and activists who had gathered forthe 3-day Biodiversity Congress from all over the world.

The Chief Minister highlighted that an alarming 28% decline of global biodiversity has been recorded for the year 2012, compared to year 1970 and said that un-sustainable exploitation of natural resources, rampant development, expanding urbanization and shrinking natural ecosystems, worldwide is a worrying trend and therefore protection of biodiversity is a universal and urgent issue.

The Chief Minister also recounted some of the environmental initiatives undertaken by the Sikkim Government successfully building a development model which is eco-friendly and suited to the needs of the state. He further said that majority of conservation initiatives and the United Nation’s defined Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2015-2030 have many similarities and said that Sikkim is well on the way to achieving many of the SDGs goals already, such as ending poverty and hunger, providing quality education and health services, promoting gender equity and reducing inequalities.

Earlier, Chairman International Biodiversity Congress and Founder Navdanya, Dr. Vandana Shiva spoke about the rare contribution made by the Chief Minsiter saying that the Chief Minister has been always there for biodiversity and ecology- a very positive sign for the future.

The meeting was also addressed by ShriShyam Saran, Former Foreign Secretary and Special Envoy on Climate Change, Dr. Savita, Director Forest Research Institute & Co-chair, IBC, Dr. Rakesh Shah, Chairman Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board, Dr. S.C. Gairola, Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun. Message from Union Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu was also relayed through recorded video.