There is a huge potential of tourism in Desert National Park (DNP) in Rajasthan, said forest and environment department principal secretary Sreya Guha. She released a book ‘Desert National Park: A Jewel in the Vibrant Thar’ written by Dr Gobind Sagar Bharadwaj and Dr Assad Rahmani.
She said that people know a lot about Ranthambhore, Sariska and Keoladeo National Parks, as a lot has been written about them, but not much about the Thar Desert, as literature available about the Thar Desert are scientific and are inaccessible to the common people. With this book, the people will know about the unique system in the desert.
“I am extremely pleased to present this coffee table book that showcases not only the biological diversity present in the Thar Desert, but also the various ecological and anthropogenic processes occurring in the landscape,” she added.
Guha asked the people present in the book launch function to give their suggestions about the eco-tourism policy, as the state government has brought this system in new form for the first time in the last 10 years. She said in coming times DNP should be developed very well and information should reach every tourist. The forest department in the last two years has done a lot of work for the conservation of wildlife.
Dr Bharadwaj, one of the authors of this book said that this was his first book on DNP and took him five years to write. Dr Rahmani, informing in detail about the book said, “I hope that this humble work reaches the common masses including policymakers, bureaucrats, wildlife managers, wildlife enthusiasts, business houses, corporate sector and civil societies and sensitize them.”
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF) Shruti Sharma said that this book will inspire to conserve the Great Indian Bustard and desert ecological system.
PCCF and Chief Wildlife Warden ML Meena, Forest Training Institute director KCA Arun Prasad, department senior officers and wildlife enthusiasts were present on this occasion.