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Uttarakhand’s state flower Brahma Kamal is on alarming decline, alerts WII scientists

In the recent survey conducted by scientists at Wildlife Institute of India (WII), it has been found that Uttarakhand’s state flower Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata) has decreased in numbers due to climate change and reckless exploitation. According to the report, there has been a staggering 70% decline in the numbers of Brahma Kamal flower species to previous years. The team conducted survey in the Panch Kedar region of Uttarakhand and prepared a report which was published in the book Nature Guide, released during the annual WII conference.

“The survey was conducted in a 900 sqkm area which included Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary as well as region around Rudranath, Madmaheswar and Tungnath,” said Dr. J.S. Rawat, Dean, Wildlife Institute of India. “A database of around 550 flowers in Valley of Flowers was created which revealed that there has been a drastic decline in Brahma Kamal species.” These exquisite flowers were only found at Nandi Kund, Dwarakhal and Mandini.

Scientists should make their research available in e-book format: Ajay Narayan Jha

Ajay Narayan Jha (Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest) requested scientists and researchers at WII to released their fining in a e-book format in a easy-to read language so that students and common public could derive benefit from it. He also directed officials to make optimum use of the budget allocated to every state for compensatory afforestation. Uttarakhand has received a budget of Rs. 1500 crore for this purpose. Several eminent forest officials were present at the event.

Inputs from Hindustan