Spreading awareness among school children on the occasion of World Forestry Day on Tuesday, the Chandigarh administration's Department of Forest and Wildlife held a realistic event at Kansal Log Hut where over 200 government schools in Chandigarh participated.

During the event all students and teachers had a unique experience of jungle trekking unlike their ordinary schedule of studies.

Celebrating the occasion, the students staged a dance drama 'save forests-save life' which was followed by a eco quiz based on environment conducted by Chandigarh based environmentalist, Kulbhushan Kanwar.

Later the prize winners of eco quiz and participants of dance-drama were presented with set of books related to Mahatma Gandhi as prizes.

Giving information about the initiative Santosh Kumar, Chief Conservator of Forests, Chandigarh administration stated that each year on March 21 World Forestry Day celebrations provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.

"Despite all of priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate and accounts for 12 to 20 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. So every increasing need today is to sensitize and promote awareness among the people, especially the youngsters-the generation next," he said.

He further informed that in coming days they also plan to take children’s from rural areas and slum settlements of the city to beautify Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary to make them understand the relation of living in harmony with man and nature alike.