VANPOSH MELA Celebrated at Nagriwari Eco-Park, Kupwara

Suhail Yousuf Shah

Kupwara– The VANPOSH MELA, a significant event aimed at promoting environmental conservation and eco-tourism, was successfully held at the Nagriwari Eco-Park. Organized by the J&K Forest Department of the Kamraj Forest Division, the event was inaugurated by Anurag Arya, IFS, the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Kamraj Forest Division, Kupwara.

Anurag Arya, IFS along with Arshiya Ojha, a noted criminologist, visited various stalls set up by different departments and wings. These stalls showcased the diverse crafts and livelihood opportunities from various corners of the Division, highlighting the district’s potential.

The event featured a skit at Nagriwari Park, delivering a compelling message on environmental conservation. Additionally, cultural activities, drawings, and lectures focused on the importance of the environment, engaging attendees in meaningful discussions.

In his address to students, stakeholders, citizens, and members of civil society, DFO Kamraj Anurag Arya emphasized the critical role of forests and shared insights into eco-tourism activities. He highlighted the efforts of the Forest Department in promoting sustainable practices and the need for community involvement in preserving natural resources.

The mela also featured a vibrant nukkad natak by students, effectively communicating the adverse effects of deforestation in simple yet impactful language. This performance resonated with the audience, driving home technical points about environmental preservation.

The event, with participation from various departments, Self-Help Groups (SHGs), and private agencies, underscored the collaborative effort required to safeguard the environment while exploring sustainable livelihood opportunities.