CM Chang appeals to conserve nature

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/22/2020 10:03:06 AM IST

Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Law & Justice C.M. Chang has appealed to all citizens of the state to conserve nature, forest and wildlife, biodiversity and take significance of biodiversity in planning and implementing development programme.

The minister was speaking at the International Day for Biological Diversity at the conference hall of forest office complex Ministers' Hill Kohima on Friday. The minister said that Nagaland harbours a large number of plants species which are endemic to the state or the North East part of India. 

The state have tallest Rhododendron (108 feet), tallest paddy (9.2 feet), and hottest Raja Chilly, a variety of medicinal plants, orchids, bamboos, wild edible fruits, ornamental plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes, domesticated cattle, agro and horticultural biodiversity.

Maintaining that biological resources are required to be nurtured for their sustained supply to our future generation, Chang said “There is need of working in mission mode for biodiversity conservation, with an objective of turning the tide of destruction into a new, positive relationship between people and nature”.

Speaking on this year theme “Our solutions are in nature,” the minister said that nature have been abused due to various reasons mainly developmental activities without concerning biodiversity, increasing human population, increasing standard of life which requires more natural resources. 

“Despite all our technological advances, we are completely dependent on nature which provide us healthy and vibrant ecosystems for meeting our basic needs namely food, water, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter, energy etc,” the minister said.

The minister asserted that the state government had implemented the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 since December 18, 1981 by taking into account the importance of nature, forest and wildlife, in our life. 

With the support of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India, New Delhi, the Nagaland forest department upgraded three institutions as Nature Learning Centres under the National Mission of Himalayan Studies (NMHS) for imparting training to children, students and communities and others on co-existence of human beings with nature. It includes conference hall of the Forest offices complex, Dimapur, Nagaland Zoological Park, Rangapahar, Dimapur and Botanical Garden, Kohima.

Chang further called upon the people to introspect themselves and co-exist with nature.

The minister informed that the state of Nagaland is very rich in biodiversity, having variety of flora and fauna. In spite of being small state with 16, 579 sq. km. geographical area, there are 6 types of forests found in the state. The angiospermic flora is represented by 2431 species belonging to 963 genera and 186 families.

In this, share of dicots is 1688 species, 724 genera and 158 families and monocots by 743 species under 239 genera and 28 families Gymnosperms also registers their presence with 9 species under 6 genera from 5 families, said the minister.

A short programme was jointly organized by Nagaland State Biodiversity Board (NSBB) and Kohima Press Club (KPC) with limited number of participants and maintaining social distancing protocol to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity.

At the event, Chang also released a short film and illustrative booklet on "Our solutions are in nature" aimed at spreading awareness about conservation and protection of nature and biodiversity.

NSBB member secretary and CCF Supongnukshi Ao said that Nagaland State Biological Diversity Rules 2012 has been enacted and these rules are being implemented through NSBB. The NSBB have mandated to form Biodiversity Village Management Committee in all the villages and about 90% have been covered so far. Once the Committee is formed, the NSBB are mandated to document the biological resources in that village jurisdiction.

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