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Workshop raises concern over depletion of resources

(L-R) Dr. B.K Bansal, advisor, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Seismology, Division, Government of India, Alemtemshi IAS, additional chief secretary and development commissioner, Nagaland and Wangshimenla, co-ordinator of the workshop at the valedictory function in the two-day ‘Workshop on understanding earth system science’ at Hotel Saramati, Dimapur on Sunday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR
Published on 29 Mar. 2010 12:03 AM IST
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Additional chief secretary and development commissioner, Nagaland, Alemtemshi IAS on Sunday expressed concern on depletion of resources, and climate change contributing as factors to natural disaster and urged the government, academicians and public to work collectively to adapt and mitigate the issues.
Speaking as guest of honour at valedictory function in the two-day ‘Workshop on understanding earth system’ at Hotel Saramati, Dimapur, Alemtemshi said resources were depleting today and the issue of climate change and natural disaster like earthquake was a concern to each and everyone. He said amidst all these, everything falls back what science had said and if it was so, he said one should take precautions and find means on how science would contribute to life.
Alemtemshi also said the government of Nagaland should find adaptation strategies and mitigation to disaster. He also expressed the concern of the state government in tackling such issues and said efforts have been made through dialogue in international level.
Highlighting the purpose of including Nagaland under German development bank KfW project fund in climate change, Alemtemshi asserted that the state was selected under this project as Nagas are observant and has the ability of discovering new species in the area. However, he said adaptation could not be left to the local people alone but scientists, scholars and government should come along with measures for the issues. He urged the geologists to look into the current and future perspective and beyond what has happened.
Alemtemshi also commented that to lead the state for further progress, academicians and scientists too have to go out as missionaries and evangelize the issue stating that people need not only learn but should propagate and mitigate the issue of disaster.
Taking note of the rich natural resources in the state, Alemtemshi felt that the region was an appropriate place for biologist, botanist, zoologist and those who are in the field of earth science to study. He said the role of biologist and scientists must cover not with the documentation alone but look from the village level and stress on medicinal plants and aromatic.
He disclosed that around 500 species were discovered so far and said people should try to see and develop the protocol for their livelihood and see whether it could help in curing the uncured diseases.
Alemtemshi also expressed concern on issue of exploring natural resources in the state. He said a serious issue and dilemma arise when the decisions had been taken by the government in exploring the natural resources and lamented on the little response from academicians and scholars in this issue.
In regard to setting up of seismic centre in the state, Alemtemshi cautioned on how much public have scientific knowledge and expressed the need to transfer knowledge from academic institutions and come out with the answer to the issue.
Assuming Geographical Information System (GIS) as an important tool for development and measures for disaster management, Alemtemshi said earth science with digital technologies could help in mitigation and adaptation of disaster.
He felt that setting up of regional GIS capacity Building Centre in Institute of Communication and Information Technology (ICIT), Lumami could help young boys and girls and revealed that GIS practice proved that the Naga boys and girls were no less than others and called upon them to use the vast resources for the survival of people and the planet earth.
In the technical session, Dr. B.R Arora, former director WIGH Dehradun spoke on ‘Fresh look into the earthquake precursor.
It may be motioned that the workshop was organized by department of Geography, Nagaland University, Lumami and sponsored by ministry of earth science, Seismology, Government of India, New Delhi and co-ordinated by Dr. Wangshimenla, co-ordinator.

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