Dimapur, June 23: An awareness campaign for protection and conservation of wildlife for communities, and wildlife crime investigation workshop for forest officers was held in the ADC conference hall, Mokokchung with participation of around 100 villagers from human-elephant conflict affected villages, district administration, forest officers and media persons. The programme was organized by the Nagaland Forest Department in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS- India).
T Aochuba DFO Mokokchung highlighted the extent of human-elephant conflict present in the district and appealed the wildlife wing to timely compensate the sufferers.
Rajesh Soundararajan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Mokokchung stressed on the need for co-existence of human with wild animals. He appealed the participants to protect forest and wildlife, and plant trees wherever space is available, for sustained availability of natural resources for future generation.
Supongnukshi, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forest (Environment, Biodiversity and Research) spoke on biodiversity conservation, nature conservation. He appealed to the people to co-exist with wild elephants who are damaging their agriculture crop, horticulture crop, etc.
Satya Prakash Tripathi, PCCF & HoFF, Nagaland, in his key note address, gave a brief background of human-elephant conflict. He emphasized on awareness among public at grass root level on importance of forest and wildlife, to mitigate human animal conflict and wildlife crime.
Imkumba, ACF, shared his experience of human-animal conflict. The team members of WCS-India highlighted the uniqueness of forests and biodiversity of Nagaland and spoke about the provisions under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 which the state has implemented since December 18, 1981.
Tizit: An awareness campaign for protection and conservation of wildlife for communities, and wildlife crime investigation workshop for police and forest officers was held at the Badminton Hall, 6Th NAP Campus, Tizit.
Neiwang Konyak, Forest Range Officer, Namsa Range highlighted the extent of the human-elephant conflict present in the district and appealed the wildlife wing to timely compensate the sufferers.
Rupin Sharma, IPS, ADGP (Border Affairs) gave a brief background of destruction of forest in Nagaland, which got reduced with the intervention of Supreme Court in 1996 in Writ Petition (Civil) 2002/95. He spoke on the role of wild animals and birds in dispersal of seeds in the forest which results in the distribution of plants that support ecological communities. He appealed to the Forest Department to document traditional methods used to conserve forest by the people and seek opportunity for carbon dating so that people can be compensated for conserving the forest. He also asked the police personnel to desist from killing of wild animals. He appealed all the participants for protection and conservation of forest, wildlife and nature. He motivated communities to consume meat available from domestic animals, instead of killing wild animals.
Satya Prakash Tripathi, PCCF & HoFF, Nagaland gave the key note address.
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