Awareness on human-animal conflict conducted

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Dimapur, June 17: An awareness campaign program for conservation and protection of forest and wildlife to mitigate human animal conflict and wildlife crime was jointly organized by the Forest Department, Nagaland and the Vishepu Village Council, with participation of around 100 persons namely officials from the District administration, Forest Department, 111 Battalion, Satakaha, Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI, chairmen/members/GBs/ DBs of Vishepu, Xuyizi, Kivekhu, Khukiye, Satakha villages, students and children at the Village Council Hall, Vishepu on June 14 .
YM Jami, IFS, Conservator of Forests, Northern Territorial Circle, Mokokchung stated that the earth is the only liveable planet in the universe and forests and wildlife play an important role in addressing issues of climate change, food /water security, environment amelioration, in addition to tangible benefits in different forms, and thus sustaining the existence / survival of the earth. He appealed all the participants for protection and conservation of forest and wildlife for meeting needs of our future generations sustainably.
Satya Prakash Tripathi, Chief Wildlife Warden, Nagaland, in his key note address, stated the genesis of the human animal conflict prevalent in the State in general and elephant problem in Wokha district in particular. He highlighted the policies of the State Government and the MoEF & CC, GoI, New Delhi for addressing the problem. He made power point presentation, on importance of forest & wildlife, scenario of forest and wildlife in Nagaland, concept of community reserves. He appealed to the people for protection of forest and wildlife, come forward for declaring their forest as community reserve and contact forest officials immediately in case of damage of their crop/ properties/ human life.
The programme was chaired by Hushka Sema, Deputy Commandant, 111 Battalion, BSF Satakha. (Page News Service)