Deputy Commissioner (DC) Phek, Mikha Lomi inaugurated a project ‘Ewulu Bio-diversity Conservation and Great Hill Barbet Sanctuary’ set up by Enhulumi village under Phek district on April 13. Speaking on the occasion, the DC lauded the village for initiating the project which was a first of its kind in the district and urged people to protect the project and set examples for other villages to follow.
Divisional Forest Officer Phek, Kivito Shohe IFS, Chakhesang Public Organization president, Sovenyi and North East Network Research Centre Chizami coordinator, Seno Tsuhah were the programme speakers. The speakers stressed on importance of bio-diversity conservation in the current juncture where flora and fauna were at a point of extinction and outlined the need to safeguard natural resources. The necessity of such projects to counter the ‘greatest’ two global issues-Global Warming & Ecological Imbalance, and need for the responsible department to recognize communities involved in such projects for proper implementation were also emphasized.
The project is being maintained by Village Bio-diversity Management Board (VBMB) headed by Zekowe T. Lohe as convener, representatives from youth society, students’ union, Joint Forest Management Committee, VDB secretary and VCC as ex-officio.
Meanwhile, VBMB has banned collecting of plants, hunting or trapping with any sort of weapon in the area and further informed that violators would be penalized as per rules.