Panaji, November 27, 2016 … Goa State Biodiversity Board(GSBB) had organized an interactive session at “Zuari Hall” International Centre Goa, Dona Paula, on November 19, 2016 on “Biodiversity of Butterflies and their Ecological Significance” by Dr. Vilas Bardeker, IFS, Chairperson Maharashtra State  Biodiversity Board(MSBB).

The Guest speaker was Dr. Vilas Suryabhanji Bardekar, Indian  Forest Service(IFS), former Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Government of  Maharashtra also an author of book named: “Pokhila” chronicling his experience during his 82 days of abduction by a group of Bodo Militants in the West Kameng district in Arunachal  Pradesh. He is an avid butterfly photographer and wildlife enthusiast with a vast repository of knowledge of Biodiversity.

The programme was convened by Dr. Manoj Borkar, Associate  Professor, Chairman of Biodiversity Research Cell (BRC) and Centre for Research in Zoology (CRZ), Carmel College for Women, Nuvem, Goa, Founder Member of Goa State Biodiversity  Board. Dr. Vilas Bardekar, IFS, narrated  his experiences, anecdotes and field visits and  answered the various questions raised to the satisfaction of all. Member Secretary Goa State Biodiversity Board Shri Pradip Sarmokadam briefly summarized the interactive session.

The program was well attended by a cross section of dignitaries, Members of Goa State  Biodiversity Board; Chairpersons, Secretaries and members of Biodiversity Management  Committees across the State; Members of Technical Support Groups and various Committees  members of Goa State Biodiversity Board; students from various colleges of Goa and  Goa  University were present.