ZSI Day & Animal Taxonomy Summit–2024 has been inaugurated by Union Environment and Forest Minister

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ZSI Day & Animal Taxonomy Summit–2024 has been inaugurated by Union Environment and Forest Minister
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ZSI Day & Animal Taxonomy Summit–2024 has been inaugurated by Union Environment and Forest Minister

Kolkata, 30th June 2024: The Zoological Survey of India is celebrating its 109th ZSI day on 30th June, 2024.  In commemoration of 109th foundation day, ‘Animal Taxonomy Summit–2024’ has been scheduled on July 1–3, 2024

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) established on 1st July 1916 at Kolkata as a premier research institution, presently functioning under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India.  The ZSI is documenting the faunal resources of India by survey and exploration leading to the advancement of knowledge on the exceptionally rich faunal diversity of the country.

The Hon’ble Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, Shri Bhupender Yadav was the Chief Guest of the ZSI Day on 30th June 2024. He declared the opening of Animal Taxonomy Summit-2024 organised by ZSI. Mr. Jitendra Kumar, Director General of Forests and Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change also graced the occasion.

Children along with their mothers participated in the ‘Ek Ped Maa Ke Naam‘ campaign where they planted saplings in the presence of Hon’ble Minister.  As a part of the programme ‘MANN KI BAAT’ of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi was listened by Hon’ble Minister together with all the delegates and participants of the programme. 

During the occasion, Hon’ble Union Minister launched ‘Fauna of India Checklist Portal’ which is a first of its kind covering all the faunal species reported from India. Further, the efforts of ZSI are immense to complete this task and it makes India the first country in the world who has prepared the complete list of fauna documented from the country. It comprises 121 checklists of all known taxa covering 36 phyla providing information of 104,561 species distributed in the States and Union Territories of India. Endemic, threatened, and scheduled species have also been included in the list.

The Hon’ble Minister was also released an iconic publication of ZSI i.e. ‘Animal Discoveries– 2023’ comprising 641 new animal species and new records from India and ‘Plant Discoveries- 2023’ of BSI comprising 339 new plant species and new records from the country published by the scientists, faculties, and researchers from India.

Other important publications ‘Fauna of India–109 barcodes’, ‘Catalogue of Hoverflies’, ‘Catalogue of Muscidae’ & ‘Flora of India Series’ were released by Hon’ble Union Minister. First ever ‘Barcode Atlas of Indian Fishes’- a joint publication by the ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow & ZSI, Kolkata and ‘ROAR – Celebrating 50 years of Project Tiger’a book written byShiladitya Chaudhury & Ketan Sengupta were also released during the occasion.

The Director General of Forests and Special Secretary launched ‘International Society of Zoology (ISZ)’ which will enhance the ability of individuals and institutions to contribute to the global understanding and protection of biodiversity.

The event included messages for the exploration and protection of our faunal resources, importance and safeguard of our environment and contributions of ZSI & BSI therein.  On this occasion, the Zoological Survey of India exchanged 10 MoUs with universities/colleges (viz. Vidyasagar University, Berhampur University, Madurai Kamraj University, Himalayan University, Ferguson College and Kongunadu Arts & Science College), and with National institutes (ICAR-NBFGR, ICAR-NBAIR, ICAR-CIFA, BITS, Pilani) for better coordination and benefits to masses.

A cultural program to highlight environmental issues and its effort to reach out to the citizens was showcased by the ZSI.

Animal Taxonomy Summit–2024 is the second summit being organised by ZSI. During the summit, deliberations will be held under three broad themes, 1) Taxonomy, Systematics and Evolution, 2) Ecology and Animal Behaviour; 3) Biodiversity and Conservation. 350 delegates from four countries, including Natural History Museum London are expected to participate in ATS 24. The three days ATS–24 will witness 21 plenary/ lead lectures of eminent speakers/ experts from India as well as abroad and 142 oral/poster presentations. The summit will be concluded on 3rd July 2024.  The recommendations of the summit will be conveyed to the Government of India related to biodiversity conservation.

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