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DC, Leh inaugurates 15 days Birding Guide Training organised by LAHDC

Leh, January 07 (Scoop News)- DC, Leh Avny Lavasa inaugurated 15 days Birding Guide Training organised by LAHDC, Leh financed by Tourism Department under the scheme ‘Promotion of theme based tourism program in collaboration with Wildlife Department, WCBCL and ALTOA, Leh today at DC Office conference hall.
Speaking on the occasion, DC said that tourism has a huge opportunity in Ladakh with still unexplored avenues and birding would be an important aspect of tourism itinerary. She said that wildlife in Ladakh is unique and it could benefit in providing a good career and income opportunity. But at the same time she stressed to reciprocate care and respect towards our environment and nature. She asserted that birding would be an important activity to ensure responsible and sustainable tourism in Ladakh. She assured of efforts to put some mechanism in place for birding tourism on lines of Chadder trek.
Addressing all the participating young boys and girls, DC said that they are going to be the first official trained guides in bird watching and they could become role models by setting a good example for future. She said that besides sensitizing them about wildlife in Ladakh, the training will give them a holistic understanding of ecology, social issues like stray dog menace, pollution of water bodies, wildlife protection and role of humans that will help them go towards responsible and sustainable tourism. She appreciated role of ALTOA in strict implementation of newly formed Chadder trek regulations and urged WCBCL and ALTOA to collaborate in ensuring a tangible outcome of this training program for birding tourism.
President WCBCL, Lobzang Vishuda gave a brief about the organization, their objectives and activities. He pointed out the need to have a well framed regulation for birding tourism considering the deteriorating condition of wildlife in Ladakh. President ALTOA, Tsetan Angchuk also spoke on the occasion and congratulated WCBCL for their initiative in introducing birding guides and opening more avenues in tourism sector for younger generation.
Wildlife Warden, Pankaj Raina and Assistant Director Tourism, Tsering Angmo were also present and spoke on the occasion. AD Tourism said that the objective of conducting this training is to promote birding aspect to expand tourism sector and provide youth with more job opportunity.
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