Health and family welfare minister, Vipin Singh Parmar on Tuesday stressed the need to spread awareness on bio-diversity to address conservation problems in Himachal Pradesh.

“Conservation requires a collaborative effort,” said Parmar, who also holds the portfolio of Science and Technology.

In his address on the bio-diversity day organised by HP State Biodiversity Board (HPSBB) here, the minister expressed concern that more than 150 species of plants, insect, birds and mammals go extinct every 24 hours from the earth due to environmental imbalances.

“Each one of us will have to contribute for preservation of environment,” he said, holding that all departments concerned should collaborate with Panchayati Raj Institutes and NGOs to make special efforts up to grass root level to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

The minister also inaugurated an exhibition on Biodiversity of HP in which various reputed centres and state research institutes participated.

Additional Chief Secretary Tarun Kapoor said that by considering all the unique features of the state biodiversity, its conservation needs utmost and immediate concern of all the stakeholders who were deriving benefits
either directly or indirectly from it.

Member Secretary, HPSBB Kunal Satyarthi said that traditions, customs and cultural rights play a key role in protection of biodiversity and environment.

“We need to utilise the available information on conservation knowledge and provisions, documentation of valuable bio-resources, their associated traditional knowledge and promote the indigenous people or community as they contribute hugely in conserving the biodiversity.”