Awareness campaign on biodiversity conservation held

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Dimapur, February 11: An awareness campaign for conservation of forest and wildlife, to mitigate human animal conflict and wildlife crime, biodiversity /nature conservation & constitution of community reserve and biodiversity management committee was jointly organised by the Nagaland Forest Department, Nagaland State Biodiversity Board and the Wildlife Conservation Society-India at SEFTI, Dimapur on February 11 with participation of around 120 persons that included students, frontline staff from the Forest Department and forest fringe communities.
Supongnukshi, IFS, CCF & member secretary, Nagaland State Biodiversity highlighted the constitution/ functioning of the Nagaland State Biodiversity Board. He deliberated on conservation, sustainable utilization and equitable distribution of biodiversity and its related benefits. He presented constitution of Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC) and People Biodiversity Register (PBR) in the State.
Satya PrakashTripathi, PCCF & Chief Wildlife Warden and HoFF, Nagaland (Retired) and Chairman, Biodiversity Board in his key note address described the importance Forest & Wildlife in life. Human beings cannot survive without forest and wildlife. But, forest and wildlife can survive without human beings, he said.
He highlighted the legal position of community reserve and biodiversity management committee. He appealed the community to come forward for constitution of community reserve and biodiversity management committee for possible funding by the Ministry.
Bano Haralu, managing trustee of Nagaland Biodiversity and Conservation Trust exhorted the participants by telling them to protect forest and wildlife as soldiers are protecting our country.
Samriddha Ghosh, programme assistant in Project Management Team in WCS India spoke about the conservation efforts by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) India.
Pradipty Bhardwaj, an environmental lawyer for WCS India, introduced about wildlife crimes and gave an overview about The Wildlife (Protection) Act,1972.
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 the State. (Page News Service)