Awareness campaign for conservation of forest & wildlife held

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Dimapur, September 6: An awareness campaign for conservation of forest and wildlife, to mitigate human animal conflict and wildlife crime, was jointly organized by Dimapur Wildlife Division and Peren Forest Division, Nagaland Forest Department, at the Community Hall, Athibung on September 4, with participation of around 150 persons namely – officers from the Forest Department, District/Police Administration, Chairman/Members/GB/Head GBs of 28 villages, President, Zeliang Kuki People’s Organisation (ZKPO), NGOs, general public.
The programme was sponsored under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme – Human Animal Conflict Mitigation of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India, New Delhi.
The program, chaired by Kikavi Chophi Forest Ranger, commenced with a welcome address where he informed that the reason for conducting such awareness programme with the communities was to raise awareness amongst the community on the importance of conserving forest and wildlife, and also to garner their support to combat ‘Wildlife Crime’ showed a short video clip
Satya PrakashTripathi, PCCF & Chief Wildlife Warden, in his key note address, described the importance and current scenario of Forest & Wildlife in Nagaland with illustration of a carnivorous food-chain where the absence of apex predator leads to an imbalance of the whole ecosystem.
Through a Power Point presentation on the concept of Community Reserves, human-animal conflict interventions with special emphasis on wild elephant problem in Wokha District, the genesis of government policies for conservation was highlighted.
He also cautioned the local people to do away with hunting and illegal wildlife trade, as it would only bring them trouble. He also gave a brief background, need of the Eco Sensitive Zone in the surrounding of the Intanki National Park.
Y M Jami IFS, CF (Northern Territorial Circle) & Director of Intangki National Park gave a detailed account of conservation of forest and wildlife. In this regard he stated, “when we conserve plants and animals we enrich the planet and to do so we must keep plants & wild animals in their natural habitat….”.
He even described how local people of the forest are the true foresters & conservationist because of their traditional historic attachment with the forest and its resources.
Dr. Sentitula, IFS, DFO Peren gave a brief account about the importance of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and firmly emphasizing on strict penalties who continues on hunting of wild animals.
Lithrila Sangtam, EAC Athibung spoke on the role of administration towards conservation and appealed the participants to play active roles in forest & wildlife conservation efforts so that they may also benefit from economic tangible values like tourism or alternative livelihoods in order to attain sustainability.
Also speaking on the occasion was the President of Zeliang Kuki People’s Organisation, Lamsei Singson, who thanked the Forest Officials and the Department for hosting such programme in their region and likewise urged the people to apply the same in spirit and action.
He also requested the Department for creation of Forest Outposts in the periphery of Intanki National Park for better protect of the park.
Positive interaction and feedbacks between the participants and forest officials were also exchanged followed by a pledge to promote conservation and preservation of forest and wildlife in their respective villages.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Irai Zeliang, Forest Ranger Athibung.
(Page News Service)