Markhor cricket tournament held in Baramulla

The tournament, part of an ongoing series of conservation awareness events, was held at Shahkote in Baramulla and evoked massive response from villages around Kazinag National Park.

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Baramulla, Publish Date: Mar 14 2018 12:09AM | Updated Date: Mar 14 2018 12:09AM
Markhor cricket tournament held in BaramullaGK Photo

To raise  awareness about conservation of endangered Markhor (Capra falconeri), Department of Wildlife Protection (J&K) in collaboration with Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) organised the finals of the Markhor cricket tournament, a first-of-its-kind event in Jammu & Kashmir,

The tournament, part of an ongoing series of conservation awareness events, was held at Shahkote in Baramulla and  evoked massive response  from villages around Kazinag National Park.

A match was played between Hirpora (Shopian) and Limber (Baramulla) – fringe areas where the endangered mountain goat is found.  The team from Hirpora carried the day, with Amir Ahmad Malik being declared as both man of the match and man of the tournament.

The match was attended by Range Forest Officer, Wildlife Range, Baramulla Pir Mushtaq Ahmad, Range Forest Officer, Social Forestry Baramulla Bilal Ahmad Masoodi, Block Forest Officer Social Forestry Block Khadniyar Manzoor Ahmad Shah, Block Officer - Wildlife, Limber Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, Project Head Riyaz Ahmad, Field Officer Tahir Gazanfar, and Assistant Field Officer from WTI's Markhor Conservation Project team Sameer Khazir.

Speaking on the occasion, WTI's Riyaz Ahmad said, “Kashmir, as everyone knows, is believed to be a  paradise on earth. The deterioration of its environment today is caused mostly by human behavior and we must take responsibility for it.”  He further expressed the hope that a sustained process of awareness-building and sensitization would lead to the germination of an environmental consciousness, especially among the youth.

“We are proud to be associated with an event that is entertaining, promotes physical fitness and sportsmanship, and has the noble message of nature conservation as its backdrop”, said Range Forest Officer Pir Mushtaq Ahmad. “Such events are vital in making communities inhabiting the fringes of our Protected Areas the main stakeholders in wildlife conservation.”

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