A week long training programme on ‘Climate change and disaster management’ conducted by disaster management cell, administrative training institute, Kohima in collaboration with National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi concluded on August 6.
Speaking at valedictory function V. Shashank Shekhar, IAS Director, administrative training institute mentioned that climate change being a global issue, everyone had to play an active role to protect the environment and exhorted the participants to spread the experience and knowledge gained from the programme. The Director thanked the NIDM, New Delhi for conducting the training at ATI, Kohima. Dr. Rajesh Kumar Mall, Associate Professor, NIDM, New Delhi on his speech expressed appreciation to participants for being active and concerned about the issue.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Dominic Yazokie, joint director, Information and Public Relations mentioned that training was an eye opener on the actual impact of climate change. The programme was chaired by Er. N. Moa Longkumer, Associate Professor and vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Hovithal N. Sothu, State Coordinator, Disaster Management Cell, ATI.
The programme also included free public screening of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ which is a 2006 documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about former United States Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore’s campaign to educate citizens about global warming. The documentary was well received by the audience and followed by a discussion on various issues related to climate change. As a part of the programme, the participants were divided in five groups and went on a field visit to Viswema village, Kohima, on August 4 and studied the impacts of climate change and other hazards in and around the village. Presentations on the group activity were made on August 6 in presence of Director, ATI, Kohima, Director, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), New Delhi and resource persons from NIDM, New Delhi.