New Delhi: The Ministry of Tourism stated in a press communication that it held a webinar titled “Birding in India” as part of its ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ series on Saturday, 12th December, focused on birds and birding opportunities in India. India’s biodiversity is one of the richest in the world, the Ministry stated, adding that, from the Himalayas, Desert, Coast, Rainforest and the tropical islands; India represents almost all ecoregions found on the planet and it is home to over 1,300 exotic bird species, including the Indian Roller, Hornbills, Sarus Crane, Great Indian Bustard, Woodpeckers, and Kingfishers. The Dekho Apna Desh Webinar Series is an effort to showcase India’s rich diversity under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat program. The webinar was presented by Saurabh Sawant, a naturalist, wildlife photographer, and filmmaker with a keen interest in studying and documenting lesser fauna. His research work mainly involves birds, amphibians & odonates, stated the Ministry of Tourism.
The Ministry stated that there are approximately 11,000 bird species around the world and more than 1,300 species are found in India, adding that birding tourism is a billion-dollar industry across the globe. Millions of international trips are taken every year for the main purpose of birding and India has a huge potential due to its diverse bio-geography of different terrains from Trans Himalaya to Desert, Western Ghats, Deccan Peninsula, Gangetic Plains, North-East region and Islands, the Tourism Ministry said, adding that India is home to around 91,000 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies. A lot of efforts are being taken at different levels by the Government and non-government organisations (NGOs) to protect the species and environment, and to create awareness, the Ministry claimed.
Summing up the webinar Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, spoke about India’s bio-diversity and how tourism connects us with local communities. ADG Brar said it brings out the importance of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, connecting with different local communities, understanding the culture, cuisine – and the experience that a traveler gets is amazing.
The Dekho Apna Desh Webinar Series is presented in technical partnership with National eGovernance Department, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). The webinars are now available on the Digital India Learning YouTube Channel and are also on all social media handles of the Ministry of Tourism. The next webinar is on Adventure opportunities in India, scheduled for 19th December at 11 am. The Birding in India webinar can be viewed below:
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