Public awareness on nature to get boost with museum in Rajasthan

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New Delhi, Dec 21 (UNI) The Union government in partnership with Rajasthan government, has launched the process to set up the nation's fourth Regional Museum of Natural History in the desert state by acquiring 7.42 acres of land.

The Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History has been considered as a non-formal centre for environment education and to create public awareness on conservation of nature and natural resources, with special emphasis on the western arid region of India, Environment and Forests Ministry said today.

Earlier, the Ministry had set up three Regional Museums at Mysore, Bhopal and Bhubaneswar. These are dedicated to biological diversity, introduction to ecology and biodiversity respectively.

The Rajasthan Museum will develop exhibits depicting flora, fauna and geology of the region and ecological relationship among plants and animals and their evolutionary patterns, including that of man.

It will provide special exhibits and activities to enrich the school curriculum in biology, particularly on environmental aspects.

The museum will develop and publish appropriate educational programmes for children, adults and family groups to create environmental awareness and a state-wide programme for environmental education through activities at the district level.

The Museum with a foyer hall and four galleries would be depicting natural history of the region with Aravalli and Satpura ranges. It would also depict pre-historic biomes and ecosystem of the region, desert ecosystem, nature's network and conservation and forests and wildlife of Rajasthan, the statement added.

UNI

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