‘World Environment Day’ observed across Nagaland

DIMAPUR, JUN 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/5/2020 1:12:53 PM IST

Dimapur District

Nagaland along with the rest of the world observed “World Environment Day” on June 5 by organising plantation drives and various other activities with a purpose to encourage awareness and action, for protection of the environment and to prevent loss of biodiversity.

NEPED: Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development (NEPED) in collaboration with Community Conservative Areas (CCAs) of Nagaland under the banner of Nagaland Community Conservation Areas Forum (NCCAF) celebrated WED under the theme “time for nature”. CCA Ruzhaphema delivered 3000 bundles of wild vegetables to the ADC Dimapur to be utilized as per necessity at CERES complex, Dimapur. 

In a brief programme, ADC Dimapur Lovitoly Sema thanked CCAs for their contribution and encouraged to continue farming and agriculture activities as it was a need of the hour for people cannot depend on outside sources alone. “We need to work hard, go back to our resources, land and try to cultivate and bring out products”, she added. Sema also stated that the activities that conservative community had been initiating will help the society benefit in the long run. Furthermore, Sema encouraged all to conserve and preserve the environment and informed that the vegetables delivered would be handed to the three catering groups which are catering to more than fifty quarantine centres. (Staff Reporter)

DAABC & Ao civil societies: Commemorating World Environment Day, Dimapur Area Ao Baptist Churches (DAABC) and Ao civil societies who have been managing the quarantine centre at Dimapur Government College (DGC) organized a plantation drive on Friday, at DGC premises. 

The drive was participated by 245 stranded returnees from Goa, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, who have been quarantined at DGC from June 1. Around 100 tree saplings were planted, accordingly maintaining social distancing. The saplings were provided by the divisional forest office Dimapur. (Staff Reporter)

ICAR-NRCM: ICAR-national research centre on mithun (ICAR-NRCM), Medziphema, organised a webinar on “perspective of agroforestry for improved mithun husbandry” to mark WED.

A press release from ICAR-NRCM stated that speakers and specialists were invited from across the country to create awareness on the implications of agroforestry for improved mithun husbandry in North East India. The online programme commenced with virtual tree plantation at mithun farm, ICAR-NRCM.

Chairman of the webinar, Dr. S. K. Chaudhari, deputy director general (natural resource management), ICAR, chaired applauded the conservation efforts of ICAR-NRCM for increase in mithun population in the country while stressing on value addition and selection of trees for improved mithun nutrition and the adoption of the Khonoma model of agroforestry.

Dr. Habibur Rahman, ILRI regional representative, South Asia, and former deputy director general (animal science), ICAR spoke on the importance of livestock for earning a livelihood and while appreciating the concept of semi-intensive mithun farming being framed and popularised by ICAR-NRCM in northeast India, Dr. Rahman stressed on the necessity of the development of technologies and their transfer to poor farmers and urged to prepare a roadmap to augment the mithun population in Nagaland. Highlighting the potentiality of mithun to make people self-reliant in northeast India, Dr. Shiv Kumar Dhyani, senior agroforestry specialist, ICRAF South Asia regional program deliberated on the researchable issues pertaining to nutrient composition and strategic propagation of mithun fodder

Dr. Virendra Pal Singh, representative for South Asia at CIAT, CGIAR, who joined the webinar from the Philippines stressed on determining the carrying capacity of forest land so that mithun husbandry becomes sustainable. He highlighted the importance of healthy soil for producing healthy fodder. 

DMI St. Joseph Global School: DMI St. Joseph Global School observed WED by assigning several activities to students from kindergartens to class X. A press release from DMI St. Joseph Global School, students planted saplings, made posters, collages depicting flora and fauna of Nagaland, collecting and learning names of plants and animals at home along with their scientific names and their importance. Students also participated in art and craft activities with waste materials and dried leaves. The activities emphasised the importance of preserving and conserving biodiversity to save human lives on earth. Higher classes created awareness on the preservation of biodiversity in Nagaland. Students posters stressed on the importance of people’s wilful participation in protecting the environment. The occasion was marked with planting of saplings by children in their kitchen gardens, farm and homes. The celebration was coordinated and conducted by social science department of the school.

173 CRPF Battalion: 173 CRPF battalion Airfield Dimapur celebrated WED at its unit headquarter by planting trees in the camp areas. A press release from 173 BN CRPF stated that Vishnu Gautam, commandant, 173 Bn highlighted on the importance of tree plantation and that the initiative will go a long way in inculcating awareness about conservation. The unit resolved to use cloth bags and make all camp areas a polythene/plastic free zone. Emphasizing the need to protect and conserve the environment by CRPF under the leadership of DG CRPF, he said that CRPF had always protected and conserved the environment and in this, 173 Bn pledged to plant 10000 trees this monsoon. So far 2500 trees have been planted at various location of the unit of which maximum plantation has been carried at CRPF land at Chumukedima for which the new battalion headquarter will be established shortly.

EMRS: Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS), Diphupar celebrated WED under the theme, “celebrate biodiversity”. Activities such as tree plantation and cleaning of campus were conducted maintaining social distance. Online class-wise competition such as painting, poster-making, slogan writing, model construction and essay writing were also held. Winners and runners up from every class were awarded.

Kohima District
DoEFCC: Department of environment, forests & climate change (DoEFCC) organised a video conference on WED under the theme, “celebrate biodiversity”, which was graced by C.M. Chang, minister environment, forest & climate change and law & justice and attended by field officers of various offices of the department. A press release from Temjenyabang, conservator of forests stated that while speaking on the occasion, Chang maintained that the theme was relevant in the state’s context as Nagaland has a rich biodiversity and is part of the Indo-Burma biological hotspot. He stated that while God has blessed the state with rich biodiversity, pressure from human activities and increasing population was making the environment unsustainable. He stated that environmental damage should be minimised and mitigated with sensitisation, enforcement and restoration and that due to pollution caused by anthropogenic activities, many species were becoming extinct. The minister stated that projects such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted Nagaland forest management project and the community conservation project of KfW will go a long way in restoring the biodiversity of Nagaland and stressed on the participation of villagers who were the real custodians of the richest biodiversity areas. The minister also distributed two wheelers to field management unit under Kohima district and project management unit of NFMP. The minister also flagged off the transportation of seedlings to be presented to the chief minister, cabinet ministers and advisors. 
NEPED Kohima & NCCAF: The Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Develop (NEPED) Kohima, Nagaland in collaboration with the Nagaland Community Conservation Area Forum (NCCAF) donated wild vegetables to the Kohima district administration. 
According to a DIPR report, the team leader NEPED & Commissioner & Secretary, K. Libanthung Lotha stated that the donation was to showcase the important role played by the community having the CCAs across Nagaland.  The team leader in his short note stated that the World Environment Day is celebrated with the theme “Time for Nature” with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on earth and human development. “Despite all benefits that our nature gives us, we still mistreat and misuse it too. That is why we need to observed it in a befitting manner to create awareness among all of us”, he added. Keeping this in line, the NEPED and NCCAF celebrated the day to create awareness through the donation of wild vegetables that is in CCA’s the rich biodiversity in Nagaland. 
NCC group Kohima: Amid lockdown and cancellation of all NCC courses/activities, WED was planned by units of NCC Kohima group maintaining COVID-19 protocols with various activities on the occasion. A press release from commanding officer, 24 NCC Kohima, the celebration stated that national environment awareness programme (NEAP) was also organised by 24 NL (I) Coy, Kohima in collaboration with 16 UP NCC Bn, Prayagraj . Online quiz test for 200 NCC cadets on environment related subjects was held. Online certificates will also be given to cadets scoring minimum of 60 percent followed by incentives to cadets holding position from 1st to 5th. NCC Cdts & ANOs Kohima Gp as part of social activities put an effort to create awareness to preserve and protect the environment as a social and moral duty.
IQAC Kohima college: IQAC, Kohima College organised an awareness programme on WED and distributed custom made reusable face masks to daily wage earners and vendors in Kohima covering New Secretariat to BOC. A press release from mass media cell, Kohima College stated that under the theme “biodiversity”, IQAC, Kohima college organised and sponsored a project and online contest, “KCK lockdown biodiversity: it’s never a wrong time to give back to nature” for students of the college, urging them to take part in eco-friendly activities during this lockdown, posting pictures of them and engaging in said activities on social media platforms. The activities included gardening, tree-planting, taking care of animals, recycling/upcycling, practising the 3Rs of Sustainability, Waste Management, etc. KVK Peren: KVK Phek, ICAR-NRCM observed WED under the theme, “celebrate biodiversity”. Tree plantation drive was carried out in and around the campus. Masks and planting materials were distributed to Porba Students’ Union (PSU) during the programme.
MCC: Model Christian College (MCC), Kohima marked WED through online slogan and painting competition under the theme, “celebrate biodiversity: time for nature”, with a view to promote environmental awareness and for action to protect the environment. The slogan competition was won by NukuluRuho of BA 6th semester which read “nature without biodiversity equals a colouring book without hues”, while Leemei Sophia, BA 6th semester won the painting competition. GMS Ruzaphema: Government Middle School (GMS) Ruzaphema observed WED by cleaning the school premises and planting trees with the participation of school children, school management committee members and teachers while maintaining social distance. Participants were sensitised on the importance of preservation and conservation of biodiversity. Some of the parents and youth also turned up voluntarily to repair classrooms and participate in the plantation activity. 
Wokha District
WHESYWF: Wokha Humtso Elumyo Senior Youth Welfare Forum (WHESYWF) carried out a plantation drive at Christian Medical Institute (CMC), Vankhosung, Wokha to commemorate the World Environment Day under the theme “Biodiversity”. General Secretary, WHESYWF Following strict social distancing norms the Forum all together planted 150 saplings. Earlier the plantation drive commenced with a prayer from Thungro Kikon, Chaplin, CMC, Wokha. The Managing Director, CMC, Dr. Rilanthung Odyuo also expressed his warm gratitude to the Forum and encouraged the participants and all concern citizens to develop time for nature.
Wokha: Along with the rest of the world Wokha district celebrated World Environment Day at DC’s Public Park under the theme “Biodiversity” organized by Wokha Forest Division and Doyang Plantation Division. Deputy Commissioner, Wokha OrenthungLotha while speaking on the occasion, said it is very encouraging to see young people taking active part and participating during such events and urged them to be the agents of change in spreading awareness in preserving and conserving our environment. He also added, it is not only the domain of the Forest department alone in preserving our forest but it is the responsibility of everyone and called for community participation in preserving the forest. Due to the depletion of environment even animals are coming closer to human habitation and stated that it is time for us to give outmost care in preserving our environment for the betterment of our future generation.Superintended of Police,  Wokha, Imtitoshi said our forest is very rich with so many varieties of plants and vegetation which are not found in other parts of the county but lamented that those plants are disappearing rapidly from our forest due to deforestation and called for community participation in conserving our forest.
The function was chaired by RFO Baghty Range, Lansothung Lotha, while DFO Doyang, Chisayi, IFS delivered the key note address. The programme ended with planting of trees at the DC’s public park.
Phek District
PVWSC: Pfutseromi village water and sanitation committee (PVWSC) and department of environment, forests and climate change Pfutsero range observed WED at Pfutseromi village. Forester Verasuyi addressed the gathering and shared the importance of preserving the environment. A press release from VCC, Menyelhi mero stated that the village council chairman informed that Pfutseromi village have been observing WED for years and would continue to do so as they do their bit to contribute to the environment. Meanwhile, the department donated tree saplings to the village, while water and sanitation committee distributed 750 face masks to the villagers. 
Kiphire District
TVSU: Thanamir village students’ union (TVSU) in collaboration with village council and church youth observed WED under the theme “celebrating biodiversity” at Thanamir village. A press release from its vice president and general secretary stated that invitee asst. commandant VG Pungro, K Asetsü and Kevichiituo Mepfhuo SDO PHED Pungro emphasised on the importance of trees for the environment and for people at Thanamir. Asetsü encouraged student leaders highlight on the importance of protecting trees and forests and that people must minimize unnecessary harvest of plants and forest which caused destruction to environment. The plantation drive was carried out with thuja occidentalis plant, cherry, olive, apple and prunes domestica. The programme was attended by council members, students, youths and village guards. More than 300 tree saplings were planted.
KTC: Kiphire Town Council (KTC) along with various NGOs and ward chairman in collaboration with the district administration celebrates World Environment Day at deluxe point Kiphire on June 5.
Accroding to DIPR report, Deputy Commissioner,  Sarita Yadav stated that  Nagaland is gifted with so many things like beautiful landscape, water, river, forest  etc but we are destroying all the beauty of the nature by cutting down more and more trees and plants which leads to landslide and soil erosion. She urged all the leaders to plant more trees for the next generation because we never know what is going to happen in days to come.
Later, plantation of trees along the road side was organised within the town of Kiphire.
Longleng District
PBCA: Phom Baptist Christian Association (PBCA), Mission Centre Nyengching (MCN), Longleng in collaboration with forest division, Longleng observed “green mission-cum-world environment day” at Lempong headquarter. A press release frpm PBCA media cell stated that green mission was launched with the initiative of PBCA on June 5, 2018 with an objective to protect the environment and nature and envisioning a green, clean and healthy environment. Phom churches under PBCA have planted more than 12000 sapling trees within Longleng district with the initiative of green mission perspective and look forward to plant more trees. Meanwhile, PBCA encouraged all as responsible citizens to protect, save and care for the environment. PBCA churches planted around 5000 saplings this year.
Tuensang District
Shamator: Led by ADC, Lankonsen Tsanglao with staff and officers, Shamator marked WED by planting sapling in the office premises and nearby roads.
Meanwhile, district administration Tuensang and mahila shakti kendra, district level centre for women conducted online essay competition under the aegis of BBB to mark WED under the topic, “importance of biodiversity conservation”. The essay competition was conducted at all quarantine centres under Tuensang district to exercise oneself mentally, physically and intellectual. District level essay competition was also hosted for class 9 and 10 students on the topic “time for nature”. 
Noklak: WED 2020 was observed at Noklak town under the theme “Conserve Biodiversity” organised by 45 Assam Rifle, Noklak A Coy. Speaking on the occasion, Major Anuj Mahant said the region has a rich biodiversity and urged the people to continue to conserve the biodiversity and also advised all to plant trees. With a few participants, the plantation drive and programme has been carried out maintaining a social distancing along with all the precautions due to the pandemic. Major Anuj also presented gifts to all the participants of Adora Children home during the short programme held at Assam Rifle camp Noklak. Earlier, the participants march in the main town as an awareness on Environment Day holding banners. More than hundreds saplings of pines and order ornamental trees were planted in the main town and AR camp area.
Mokokchung District
MTLT & The Treehouse: Mokokchung Town Lanur Telongjem (MTLT) in collaboration with The Treehouse (educational institution) observed the World Environment Day (WED) by planting trees in and around Mokokchung town on Friday, June 5 under the theme “Biodiversity – It’s time for nature”.  In a press release MTLT through its medial cell stated that the tree planting drive was actively initiated by the MTLT grievances cell convener, Aolong Imchen and The Treehouse proprietor, Arenla Lemtur, where around thirty volunteers actively participated in the plantation drive.  Though the whole world is going through an extraordinary situation, the MTLT felt that taking care of the nature is the responsibility of every individual and organization in the society. As such, the World Environment Day was observed to so as to contribute something to the society through the tree plantation activity and also to create awareness in the society about the importance of taking care of our biodiversity.  On the occasion, the first tree was symbolically planted by the Mokokchung DC, Limawapang Longkumer at the Deputy Commissioner’s office complex. Thereafter, the MTLT and The Treehouse volunteers planted trees at the IMDH (District Hospital complex), the district jail, P. Shilu Ao Park, the Mokokchung town park, the Mission Compound, Aongza ward, BOC, Sungkomen ward and the Urban Health Centre, Yimyu ward. The tree saplings were provided by the district forest office, Mokokchung. The MTLT has also pledged to safeguard the environment by creating more awareness and partnering with the different stakeholders in the society in making a cleaner and greener Mokokchung. 
Zunheboto administration: Zunheboto district observed WED at district headquarters. Localities and wards were cleaned and harmful wastes were disposed. A press release from COVID India media reporter Bombo K Yeptho stated that Zunheboto Sumi Totimi Hoho (ZSTH) along with DC staff planted tree saplings and flowers at deputy commissioner’s residence as well as district COVID hospital, school areas, etc. Sapotimi village also donated fresh vegetables to DTF which will be handed to the quarantine centre. 
Satakha: World Environment Day was celebrated at Satakha where the programme was chaired by EAC Satakha, Saku Chang. Keynote address was delivered by ADC Satakha, T.L. Kiusumong Tikhir. Heads of offices, GBs and other stakeholders attended the programme. 
NU: WED was observed at Nagaland University headquarters Lumami. A press release from PRO NU stated that registrar Dr. Abemo briefly highlighted the programme and speech was delivered by vice-chancellor, Prof. Pardeshi Lal who outlined the importance of celebrating WED, under the theme “celebrating biodiversity”. Cleaning of campus and planting of trees at various places were done. 

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