Dimapur, March 15: A one-day workshop on counter wildlife and biodiversity conservation, organised by Nagaland Forest Department, Wildlife Conservation-India and Nagaland State Biodiversity Board, was held on March 12 at Tiyi Hall, Wokha.
ADC Wokha, Lankonsen T Tsanglao lauded the Department of Forest for taking the initiative to sensitise the public about the importance of conserving wildlife and the ecosystem.
He said that wild animals have always been a critical resource for human beings, and the forefathers had practiced hunting for their survival; but now the age-old practice of hunting should be discouraged and focus on conserving the ecosystem as many species are getting extinct.
He suggested that similar workshops should be organised, especially in rural areas to educate the people.
Chairman of Nagaland State Biodiversity Board, Satya Prakash Tripathi shared various aspects of community involvement in conservation of wildlife.
Team Leader of WCS-India, Dev Prakash Bankhwal said that the primary threat to the survival of wildlife is destruction, fragmentation, and degradation of habitats, when ecosystem changes dramatically by activities of human being wildlife can no longer survive.
He advocated that the community needs to create certified wildlife habitat and preservation of forest so that animals can use the water source, food and find a good shelter to survive. He called upon the Police and the Forest Department to work together to enforce the Acts to control illegal wildlife trade.
Steve Odyuo from Natural Nagas said that various human activities result in wildlife decline and activities like hunting, illegal mining, poaching illegal use of chemicals in the river, and exploitation of forest resources need to be seriously addressed.
In the technical session, Rishika Gupta, WCS-India, spoke on wildlife crime global, national and local scenario drivers, law enforcement. Shubhra Sotie, WCS-India, dwelled on scheduled animals, wild animals, meat, trophy, uncured trophy, weapons, vehicles, etc.
Other topics like community conservation of biodiversity in Nagaland, issues related to the human-elephant conflict in Wokha, identification of commonly traded species, and court procedure were highlighted by the resource persons for the workshop Shubhra Sotie, Suman WM Sivachar, DFO Wokha, and DP Bankhwal. (Page News Service)