MC Konyak, minister for Forest made a three-day tour to Peren forest division from December 29 to 31 and visited Jalukie, Peren, Tening and Ntuma up to the reserved forest bordering Manipur.
During the tour, Konyak interacted with the villagers and acknowledged that the rich biodiversity which Peren district has been endowed with needed to be conserved.
He appealed the village authorities and Church leaders to create awareness among villagers and also co-operate with the forest department in preserving the forests and wildlife.
Meeting a group of leaders from the Church as well as the village council including some GB’s at Tening, Konyak informed that the only solution to ecological problems such as global warming and climate change was conservation and sustainable management of our forests.
While instructing the officers and staff of Peren forest division on the ongoing Hornbill Conservation efforts in Peren district, the minister also stressed on the need of entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the villages not to cause any damage to the forest. The minister also appreciated the ban on hunting in Peren district which is being observed seriously. He also directed the staff that more patrolling should be taken up to prevent activities detrimental to the fragile ecological balance and people responsible for forest fire be punished.