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CYF initiates eco-protection drive

Members of the Chakhesang Youth Front at a press conference on a campaign of Bio-Diversity and Bio-Piracy Prevention Awareness conducted by the CYF. (NP)
Correspondent: Kohima, 10 Aug 2008
Published on 11 Aug. 2008 11:53 PM IST
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In a significant step to protect the degrading ecology and preserve natural resources, the Chakhesang Youth Front (CYF) initiated in carrying out a Bio-Diversity and Bio-Piracy Prevention Awareness Campaign in all Chakhesang inhabited villages under Phek District. Entrusted by the Chakhesang Public organization, the CYF conducted the campaigns from August 7 till August 9 in Phek district.
Briefing the media persons on the campaign, advisor of CYF Thepuphi said that a lot of medicinal and aromatic plants were pirated and that piracy of such natural resources in the region had become a concern for all involved in bio-diversity conservation. Medicinal plants like Paris Polyphylla, Ginseng, Asperagus, Leea Aspera, Crispa were reported to be illegally extracted from the region. With its agenda to ban pirating and sale of medicinal and aromatic plants, the CYF also planned to promote ways to cultivate the plants for legal marketing purposes and further propagate cultivation processes.
The CYF reaffirmed the earlier resolution passed by the CPO in 2006 to ban hunting of birds and animals, forest burning, fishing using chemicals and generators, and use of air gun throughout the year. It also underlined the threat posed by the destruction of biodiversity which cripples the agricultural system, ecological balance and human existence.
Having completed its campaign, the CYF stated that the response from the villagers was good, and that the people were appreciative of the campaign being carried out. Pointing out some resolutions drawn from the campaign, the CYF stated that the Forest Department and the police force should be strengthened and vigilant in the check gates. The CYF stressed that presentation of wild life products to VIPs should be stopped. It resolved to charge a fine of Rs.10,000 on defaulters, which would be deducted from the VDB Fund of the defaulter's village. The medical plants or products would also be seized.
With support extended by the Forest Department, NEPED, leaders and legislators towards the campaign, the CYF stated that the campaign was not a fight of the group alone but a movement of all who shared the same concern. It was a movement for the well being of the generations to come. The CYF expressed hope that there would be good coordination between the neighbouring states and districts for right implementation of the programme. It further expressed hope that more of such programme would be carried out in other areas and districts with proper networking of the CYF with other departments and organizations sharing the same concern. The CYF stated that it would further carry out such campaigns in the future, as advisor of CYF Thepuphi commented "it is not the end, but the beginning."

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