Scheduled from 1st – 3rd February, the UP Nature and Bird Festival 2023 will take place at Vijaysagar Bird Sanctuary in Mahoba, Bundelkhand region of the state.
Uttar Pradesh Forest Department along with its Eco Tourism division announced the 7th edition of the UP Nature and Bird Festival, set to be held at the Vijaysagar Bird Sanctuary in Mahoba district, Uttar Pradesh. Located in the Bundelkhand region, the Festival will witness an audience of national and international experts in the fields of birding, nature conservation, and wildlife tourism and photography.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forest & Head of Forest Force (PCCF & HOFF) UP, Mamta Sanjeev Dubey & Sunil Chaudhary, Additional Principal Chief Conservator Forest (APCCF) Wildlife Project Tiger & Nodal Officer UP EcoTourism, Siddhartha Choudhury of UP Tourism outlined the Festival schedule.
Beginning with an opening ceremony on 1st February, the Festival will include field excursions, dedicated panel sessions, photo exhibits, book launches and relevant partnership announcements. Opening its doors for building awareness among the youth towards conservation and appreciation for nature and wildlife, the event will also see an inflow of students from educational institutions in the surrounding areas. Re-affirming the prestigious partnerships with British Bird Fair and Bird Life International, the main focus-area of the festival’s 7th edition is 'Ecotourism for nature conservation'.
Previously known as the UP Bird Fair, a well-attended annual birding event, this year the UP Forest Department has expanded the showcase to include the pristine natural heritage of the region in addition to focusing on the incredible sightings of the avian species. The UP Nature and Bird Festival 2023 aims to inspire and accelerate nature-based ecotourism and appreciation of biodiverse-rich wildlife reserves and sanctuaries of Uttar Pradesh.
Heading this initiative, Mamta Sanjeev Dubey, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest & Head of Forest Force UP said, "Over the past few years, the UP Forest Department along with UP Tourism have created some beautiful circuits across the state’s forests, its rich plethora of historical sites, ancient cities, landmarks and natural beauty, offering responsible nature and culture-based experiences for tourists. We believe that a holistic and collaborative approach to nature-based ecotourism and cultural tourism is essential for sustainable progress as they are both undeniably co-dependent. While efforts have been ongoing to promote these circuits, we are now taking more active measures to develop an awareness of these possibilities to the world of travelers."
This edition of the UP Nature and Bird Festival 2023 will also introduce new destination offerings, enhance cultural and wildlife exploration possibilities and strengthen the Bundelkhand tourism circuit narrative to key players and decision makers of India's tourism who attend the festival."