Dimapur, February 2: The 23rd International Wetlands Day was observed Saturday at the Nagaland Zoological Park, Rangapahar Dimapur by the Forest Department, Nagaland.
Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Parliamentary Affairs, CM Chang stated the fact of dependency of human beings on forest and wildlife; as all the basic needs of human beings are directly and indirectly met by forests. He stated that nature, forest and wildlife can exist without human beings but vice versa is not possible. He gave a brief background/definition of wetlands and its importance in our life in addressing the issue of climate change, flood/drought control, rejuvenation of aquifers etc. He appealed the participants for protection of wetlands, against in flow of pollutants and biotic interference, for addressing the issue of climate change.
Advisor, Department of Information & Public Relations, SCERT, Village Guards, Toshi Wungtuang recalled his working days at Nagaland Pollution Control Board and stated that a good number of wetlands have disappeared due to biotic interference. He stressed the need of revival/ rejuvenation of all such wetlands. He also stated that many wetlands disappeared due to myth that water bodies around the house is not auspicious. People filled these water bodies, near their house, with soil. This myth is required to be dispelled, he added.
Satya Prakash Tripathi, PCCF (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden, Nagaland, in his key note address, stated the need of conservation and protection of wetlands. He stated that there are 421 wetlands, of small, medium and big sizes, spread over 215 Sq. Km. in the State. This figure is as per study of the Indian Space Research Organisation, GoI. He informed that the Forest Department is preparing project proposals for conservation and management of these wetlands for funding by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, GoI, New Delhi.
Obed Bohovi Swu, Assistant Conservator of Forests, Officer-In-charge, Nagaland Zoological Park spoke about the maintenance of wetlands at Xukiye village by the villagers without any support from the Government, which resulted in the arrival of birds. (Page News Service)