Harmonise development, conservation concerns: PM

Singh said development could be best achieved by harmonising development & conservation.

New Delhi: Maintaining that efforts need to
be taken to protect the ecosystem, Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh has said that it could be best achieved by harmonising
development and conservation concerns.

"Our protected areas and other natural ecosystems offer a
wide range of tangible as well as intangible benefits. We are
guardians of this treasure and it is our responsibility to
protect it for posterity," Singh said in his message on the
Wildlife Week being celebrated in the country.

Making clear that development and conservation cannot be
at the cost of each other, he said that, "This (protecting
ecosystem) could be best achieved by harmonising our
development imperatives with conservation concerns."

Singh maintained that it is necessary that all Indians
recognise this and cooperate towards conserving the country`s
irreplaceable wildlife.

His observations hold importance in view of ongoing fight
between environmentalists and pro-development lobby with both
accusing each other of ignoring the national interest.

The Prime Minister also felt that the message of
non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi should be the guiding light in
understanding "our relationship with wildlife".

An array of events are being held across the country to
mark the Wildlife Week from October 1 to 7.