Awareness Session on Biodiversity at Tata Steel’s West Bokaro Division

West Bokaro: Commemorating the International Day for Biological Diversity, an awareness session on biodiversity was organized today by the Environment Department of Tata Steel’s West Bokaro Division at Officers’ Club, West Bokaro.

Mr Mayank Sekhar, Chief, Quarry AB, Tata Steel (West Bokaro) graced the occasion as chief guest that was attended by officers from various departments of the Division. The session focused on this year’s theme – Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health and aimed at creating awareness regarding various aspects of biodiversity and means to promote biodiversity in the Division.

Ms Anushree Bhattacharjee, Programme Officer, Forest Landscape Restoration, IUCN India attended the session as expert speaker along with Dr Hismi Jamil Husain, Head, Environment and Forest Management, Tata Steel (Jamshedpur) and Dr M K Gupta, Head, Environment (Raw Materials), Tata Steel.

Reinforcing Tata Steel’s commitment towards conservation, enhancement and restoration of biodiversity, Mr Mayank Sekhar said, “We are sensitizing all sections of society towards conservation and values of biodiversity by organising awareness sessions, competitions and other engagement activities. We are reaching out to local communities for strengthening and protecting their traditional knowledge bank on biodiversity. This is a step towards meeting the National Biodiversity targets.”

While, Mr Anushree Bhattacharjee briefed the audience on various aspects of forest landscape restoration and the processes involved, Dr Hishmi Jamil Husain briefed the audience on various aspects of biodiversity and initiatives taken by Tata Steel towards preservation and promotion of biodiversity in its areas of operation.

It may be noted here that Tata Steel has been actively working with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2013, to enhance its performance in biodiversity conservation and significantly reducing its impact on ecosystem and biodiversity. Tata Steel launched its Biodiversity Policy in 2016 that provides guidelines for including biodiversity in every strategic and operational decision making. The Company is aligning its actions with the National Biodiversity Targets set in 2014 (India level), Aichi Biodiversity Targets set in 2010 (Global level) and Sustainable Development Goals to integrate biodiversity in to its business ecosystem and enable a better tomorrow for future generations.

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