MESSAGE

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT & FORESTS

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

NEW DELHI-110003


SURESH P. PRABHU
(UNION MINISTER)

The Wildlife Week is observed every year in October to coincide with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who advocated respect for all forms of life and was an apostle of peace and non-violence. Respect for all living beings is a basic tenet of Indian culture, tradition, beliefs and ethos. In this era of rapid economic and industrial development, we need to revive these traditional value systems and strive to inculcate them in our people. Forests and wildlife are vital for the well-being of society and, therefore, every citizen must contribute to the cause of nature conservation. The approach that underlines Government s policy on wildlife conservation is based on the management of the eco system as a whole and not merely a species-oriented one. We look forward with optimism to a better tomorrow, where all living beings live in harmony. Let us re-dedicate ourselves to the cause of conservation of our priceless natural heritage, which is intimately linked with our own survival.

SURESH P. PRABHU