Port Blair, June 7: The District Child Protection Unit South Andaman, under District Administration in collaboration with Wildlife Division Port Blair, Department of Environment and Forest observed World Environment Day on 5th June 2024 with the Children of Child Care Institutions at Nature Park and Interpretation Centre, under the guidance of Shri. Sandeep Divyajyoti Behra, IFS, Deputy Conservative of Forest, Wildlife Division, Haddo.

The main objective of this event was to educate children about the biological and cultural aspects of Nature Park and Interpretation Centre, Haddo and this is an informative platform for children to enhance understanding of heritage and developed a connection with natural and cultural resources.

The program started with the field session wherein children got exposure to the conservation and sustainability practices of the park and understand the need for biodiversity conservation. The children witnessed the unique sections of the park like butterfly observatory, tree house aquarium, orchid and ferns greenhouse a very good collection of plants and the waste garden. The children also got the opportunity to release butterflies in the conservatory. 

Thereafter, class room session through power point presentation was presented by the experienced Forest officials on three major topics Snakes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Birds and Corals, followed by drawing competition organized on the topic land restoration, desertification and drought resilience. The Program was culminated with the valedictory function wherein Shri Sandeep Divyajyoti Behra, IFS, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Wildlife Division, Haddo preceded as the Chief Guest of the Celebration and encouraged the children to come forward and participate in conserving the nature in any possible form. Prizes were distributed to the winners of the program and certificate of appreciation were also given to the participants.

The DCPO, South Andaman also enlightened the role of every human being in conserving the environment and extended thanks to the Wildlife for such wonderful exposure for children.

Altogether 30 children actively participated in the program and learn about different species and understand the importance of conservation.

The District administration ensures to promote nature based learning program for the children of Child Care Institutions so that children can help them to think beyond their immediate surroundings and build well-rounded perspectives regarding to protect and conserve our natural habitat.