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Govt. working on policy & strategy to mitigate human-elephant conflict in State: K Sema

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 20: The Government of Nagaland is working out a policy and strategy to mitigate human-elephant conflict in the State, with special reference to Wokha and neighbouring districts.
This was revealed by Commissioner and Secretary, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department, Y Kikheto Sema, who visited elephant affected areas in Wokha District on September 19 & 20. The field visit was undertaken to take stock of the human-elephant conflict and meet the affected communities of the area.
According to a DIPR report, Kikheto informed community elders and leaders in Wokha District that the Department will work out a policy and strategy wherein people can co-exist with wild animals and human-animal conflicts are mitigated.
Acknowledging the difficulties faced by the Department staff, he informed that the Department will review manpower and resources with logistics so that Forest staff are also well trained and well equipped to tackle any emergency and exigencies. Understanding the needs, the Department has recently posted one Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) to Baghty Forest Range, he informed.
For the shortage of staff, he informed that the Department will work out and staff from other divisions are posted to areas where there is shortage. With regard to compensation related applications, he assured that the applications will be forwarded to appropriate authorities for consideration.
Kikheto highlighted that the population of elephants in the world is 5 lakhs plus and India has an elephant population of around 30,000 and more than 10,000 in
Northeast. Assam has the maximum numbers of elephants in the NE with more than 5,700, Meghalaya – 1,754, Arunachal – 1,614 and Nagaland has around 446. Intanki National Park area has a higher population of elephants followed by Wokha, Mon and adjoining districts of Mokokchung, Zunheboto and Longleng.
Earlier Kikheto, accompanied by Vedpal Singh, IFS, PCCF and Chief Wildlife Warden along with other officials visited Mekokla village on September 19 and had a detailed interaction with village elders and leaders.
On September 20, the team had a meeting with Englan Range Village Council Union at Doyang Hydro and later met Yanmhon Area Public Organisation and visited the recent affected areas at Liphi and Hayiyan villages. The team also had a detailed interaction with the affected villages, community elders of more than 20 villages of Sanis and Bhandari Sub-Division in the presence of Lotha Hohos at Town Community Hall, Bhandari.
(Page News Service)