Dimapur, March 11: The 2-day training course on “Enforcement of Wildlife Laws in Nagaland”, organized by the Nagaland Forest Department, in collaboration with the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India, New Delhi and the Wildlife Conservation Society (NGO) India got underway today at the Forest Office Complex, Dimapur.
Temjenyabang Jamir, CF (Publicity & Training) chaired the inaugural programme and welcomed the participants. In his welcome address, he gave a brief background of Wildlife Crime Scenario in Nagaland.
T. Relo Aye, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, (Crime) Dimapur appreciated the efforts of the Department for organizing such training course for updating the knowledge of Foresters for filing offence for wildlife crime cases.
He emphasized the need of joint training for Forest Officers and Police Officers. He informed that there had been only one case of killing of tiger in self defense at Medziphema village in February 2016. He recalled his childhood in Zunheboto when hunting was a socially acceptable practice and when meat of squirrels, peacocks, monkeys and other wild animals were available in plenty.
Now, there is a perceptional change in the minds of people and they are coming forward for conservation, he said. He gave an example of Sukhai Village in Zunheboto district; which has declared Community Conservation Area with other neighboring villages. They are preserving entire ecosystem themselves. He felt need of sensitization of communities.
L Kire, IFS, Principal Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, Department of Environent, Forests & Climate Change, in his address, stated that there are perceptional changes in the mind of people during 5-6 years regarding protection and conservation of forest and wildlife.
He asked the participants / trainees to attend the course sincerely for knowing how to register a case against an offender under different sections of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. He appreciated the efforts of the Nagaland Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Trust, led by Bano Haralu, for its role in conservation of wildlife in general and Amur Falcons in particular.
Satya Prakash Tripathi, IFS, PCCF & HoFF & CWLW, Nagaland, in his keynote address highlighted historical background of consumption of wildlife meat by the people. He stated difficulties in implementation of the provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
He emphasized on the need of taking of confidence of people by helping them by declaring their Community Conservation Areas into Community Reserve; so that people can get benefit on sustained basis.
He lauded the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India, New Delhi and Wildlife Conservation Society, Bangalore for taking up the training course. He stated that trainees will be benefitted in understanding various provision of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 by interaction with the trainers of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and the Wildlife Conservation Society, India.
Dev Prakash Bankhwal, IFS PCCF (Rtd), Assam and Regional Head of Wildlife Conservation Society, North Eastern Region, laid emphasis on importance of forest and wildlife for our survival. He stated that every species has a crucial role in an ecosystem.
He stated that we have to adjust ourselves within natural laws which are fixed and cannot be changed. He applauded the efforts of the Nagaland Forest Department in declaring 57 No. of Community Reserves under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and emphasized the need of having Community Areas Network in the State.
Bano Haralu, Managing Director, Nagaland Wildlife & Biodiversity Conservation Trust, emphasized the need of regular interaction/communication between field officers [DFOs, ACFs and FROs] on conservation matter with the communities.
She also highlighted need of active participation of women in all activities related to forest and wildlife. She requested the Forest Department for publication of literature/document in vernacular / local dialect for better understanding of communities.
Vote of thanks was proposed by Suman WM Sivachar, DCF O/o the PCCF & CWLW, Nagaland and Wildlife Warden, Wildlife Division, Kiphire. (Page News Service)