Awareness on community reserved forest held


Dimapur, June 14: A survey and seminar/awareness programme was conducted separately at Chishilimi, Lizutomi and Tsuruhu village under Zunheboto district during the first week of June 2018 with the participation of GBs, village councils, community reserved forests committees, teachers and students of the village primary schools and invitees from neighbouring villages.
Speaking on behalf of Wildlife Warden, Dimapur, Hukai H Zhimo, Forester – I, Wildlife Crime Control Unit, spoke on the meaning and significance of Community Reserved Forest. He explained to the participants that community reserve forests are forestland owned and managed by the community/village and that there is no transfer of forestland to the Government. The people, communities and villages are the sole and exclusive owners of the forestlands. The department and the government gives recognition to Community Reserved Forests and provide financial assistance to Community Reserved Forests Committees to manage their forests and carryout various wildlife habitat enrichment activities such as construction/creation of waterholes, saltlicks, planting of fruit trees species etc for wild animals and birds as wildlife requires sufficient water, food, shelter and space to survive.
A short speech was delivered by Dr Inato Zhimo, chairman, Tsuruhu Village Community Reserve who shared the success story of how Israel gained worldwide reputation for its ability to reverse the process of desertification and cultivate forests in what had previously been a barren desert. He thanked the forest department and the Government for recognition of Tsuruhu Community Reserve forest and assured to work sincerely and selflessly towards making their village Community Reserve forest a model reserve forest.
A short speech on wildlife protection was delivered by Longshak Konyak, Forester-I, Wildlife Crime Control Unit, Dimapur.
The GBs, village council chairman, chairman and members of the respective village community reserved forests assured of full support and cooperation to the department and committed towards preserving and protecting wildlife and forests within their jurisdiction.
The programme concluded with skill up gradation training to selected participants from community reserved forests committees who were trained on basic of GPS (taking geo coordinates, elevations, waypoints etc) by field staffs from Wildlife Division, Dimapur.
(Page News Service)