Awareness on conservation of forest and wildlife

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/11/2020 11:45:08 AM IST

An awareness campaign for conservation of forest and wildlife, to mitigate human animal conflict and wildlife crime, biodiversity/nature conservation & constitution of community reserve and biodiversity management committee was jointly organised by Nagaland Forest department, Nagaland State Biodiversity Board and the Wildlife Conservation Society-India at the SEFTI, Dimapur on February 11. 

A press release from State Environment & Forestry Training Institute Dimapur director Imkumba stated that, Supongnukshi, CCF & member secretary, Nagaland State Biodiversity and the special invitee, in his address, highlighted the constitution/functioning of the Nagaland State Biodiversity Board. He deliberated on conservation, sustainable utilization and equitable distribution of biodiversity and its related benefits. He presented constitution of biodiversity management committee (BMC) and people biodiversity register (PBR) in the state. 
Satya Prakash Tripathi, PCCF & chief wildlife warden and HoFF, Nagaland (Retired) and chairman, biodiversity board, in his key note address, described the importance of forest & wildlife. He highlighted the legal position of community reserve and biodiversity management committee and appealed the community to come forward for constitution of community reserve and biodiversity management committee for possible funding by the ministry.
Samriddha Ghosh, programme assistant in project management team in WCS India spoke about the conservation efforts by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) India and she shared powerpoint regarding the status of biodiversity and its conservation in the country.
Pradipty Bhardwaj, an environmental lawyer for WCS India, introduced to the participants about wildlife crimes and gave an overview about The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Bano Haralu, managing trustee of Nagaland Biodiversity and Conservation Trust exhorted the participants by telling them to protect forest and wildlife as soldiers are protecting our country.
Earlier, invocation prayer was offered by Thampha Konyak in the programme chaired by Florence Sangtam, assistant director and vote of thanks was proposed by Sosinle Magh. Around 120 persons, namely students, frontline staff from the Forest department and forest fringe communities. Nature conservation quotes and book marks were distributed to participants.

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