Wildlife Week observed at Wokha

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Dimapur, October 7: Wokha Forest Division organized an extempore speech competition in celebration of Wildlife Week 2018 at Mt. Tiyi College on October 5. The special guest was Manoj Kumar, IPS, SP Wokha, and the programme was chaired by Zuthunglo Patton, IFS, DFO Wokha.
The extempore speech competition was organized not only to raise awareness for forests and wildlife and the need to conserve these vanishing resources but also to give the students a platform for developing their confidence and to help them understand how they can each contribute towards this cause.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr Prabhat Kumar, IFS, DFO Doyang Plantation Division, who explained about the genesis of Wildlife Week celebrations in India and also elaborated on the importance of forest and wildlife conservation.
Extempore speech competition commenced with participants speaking on various important topics ranging from renewable energy, climate change, role of students in forest and wildlife conservation, importance of trees and honeybees, Amur Falcon conservation, Human-Elephant conflict, etc.
The first prize was won by Rakhal Roy of BA 1st semester, second by Mhonchan Jungi of BA 5th semester, third by Meribemo Patton of BA 5th semester and three consolation prizes by Shanchothung, Michael and Oponthung.
Special guest, SP Wokha speaking on the theme “Big Cats – Predators Under Threat” said that Nagaland should have been home to the big cats but unfortunately is not because of the prevalent practice of hunting which is deep rooted in the culture of the Nagas. He encouraged the students to spread the message of conservation of forests and wildlife to their family and friends and to start the change with themselves first.
The award winning documentary “Nagaland is Changing but…” by Gurmeet Sapal and produced by the Nagaland Forest Department on two Community Conserved Areas (CCA) of Nagaland was screened for the benefit of everyone present. (Page News Service)