The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in collaboration with the department of soil and water conservation, government of Nagaland, on July 27 conducted awareness cum co-ordination programme at LTC hall in Wokha town for the on-going GOI-UNDP project on “Sustainable Land and Ecosystem Management in Shifting Cultivation Areas of Nagaland for Livelihood and Ecological Security.”
In his keynote address, district soil and water conservation officer, T. Chalukumba Ao stressed on the importance of protecting the environment in the state.
While pointing out that Lothas were hard working people, he called upon the gathering to take advantage of the project and improve their livelihoods.
The district officer said that three states, including Nagaland were selected by UNDP to undertake this novel project in India, of which, Wokha, Mokokchung and Mon were short listed for the scheme, he informed.
Speaking on the occasion, UNDP, district project support officer, Kedino Zango said the overall goal of the project was to maintain ecosystem services and meeting livelihood needs.
She said the project would introduce participatory planning processes by involving the entire community for a more productive and sustainable use of available resources.
Underscoring the need to adopt innovative ways in dealing with Jhum cultivation, Kedino said the project wuold aim towards conserving and developing jhum lands in Nagaland through an ecosystem approach at the grass root level while simultaneously meeting the demands of livelihood needs.
The UNDP official also gave a power point presentation and answered queries raised by the villagers.
Agri and allied department also actively took part during the interactive session wherein they offered valuable technical advices to the villagers.
All heads of Agri and allied department under Wokha district, VCs, VDBs, women representatives and village member of the twenty target villages of Wokha attended the programme, which was jointly organized by the UNDP, Wokha cell and the department of soil and water conservation.