11th biodiversity festival held at Chizami

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Kohima, March 6: The 2-day 11th biodiversity festival, organized by North East Network, concluded at Chizami village in Phek district on the theme “Rediscovering indigenous science for a sustainable future’.
Speaking on the occasion, Wekoweu Tsuhah, director, north east network, said there is a growing disconnect between the young people with their environment, biodiversity and indigenous knowledge systems.
There is also a devaluation of indigenous traditional science and these needs to be addressed and the aim of the festival is to bring together educational institutions, to have a meaningful dialogue on sustainable food and farming systems, and to rediscover indigenous science for a sustainable future, said Tsuhah.
In the inaugural speech, Neingulo Krome, secretary general, Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) appreciated the initiative of reviving indigenous science and traditional knowledge.
Toshomayee Devi, chairperson, north east network, Menguolhousie Iralu, SDEO Pfutsero, Atula Wai, Principal, DIET and Mrinal Gohain, Regional Dead, Action Acid also spoke in the programme.
An inter-school science project competition based on themes of sustainable food and farming systems was held with eight schools participating. First position went to sacred heart higher secondary school, Chizami, 2nd to eastern mission school, Chizami and 3rd – government high school, Chizami.
Indigenous quartet competition was also held.
(Page News Service)