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Consultation meet on DPR preparation for rejuvenation of Brahmaputra held

DIMAPUR, AUG 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/27/2019 12:39:57 PM IST

A State-level consultation meeting on preparation of detailed project report (DPR) for rejuvenation of river Brahmaputra through forestry interventions in Nagaland was held at the conference hall of chief secretary’s office, Civil Secretariat in Kohima on Tuesday.

In his address, chief secretary Temjen Toy remarked that many Nagas did not realise that water crisis was becoming more and more alarming. Rainfall had been declining over the years, only the intensity had increased by way of cloudbursts and other weather phenomena. Against such a backdrop, he said “we have the Brahmaputra Rejuvenation Project coming our way and Nagaland is an important part of this project.”

Speaking on the nine policies of the project, he said it encompassed many important issues, including adaptation policies to tackle climate change that would involve villagers and land owners of the State.

According to DIPR, Scientist- E & Project Coordinator, Dr Dhruba J Das gave a power-point presentation where he stated that the primary objective of the meeting was to sensitise and ensure better cooperation among stakeholders and to develop region-specific strategies for Nagaland. 

He mentioned that that Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) had entrusted Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun to prepare DPR for rejuvenation of 13 major rivers in the country through forestry interventions. These 13 rivers include Beas, Chenab, Jhelum, Ravi, Sutlej, Yamuna, Brahmaputra, Mahanadi, Narmada, Krishna, Godavari, Cauvery and Luni belonging to nine river basins. 

He said a DPR preparation for rejuvenation of the Ganga through forestry interventions under Namami Gange programme of Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, which had already been prepared by ICFRE in 2016 and was highly appreciated at national as well as international level.

Das mentioned that Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI), Jorhat under ICFRE was accordingly instructed to prepare DPR for rejuvenation of the Brahmaputra through forestry interventions. He said the broad objectives of the project included review and assessment of the existing situation of river basin, identification and involvement of stakeholders and building consensus for design and development of strategies and approaches, assessment of ongoing forestry activities of the States, examining the possibility of allied and other income generation activities, formulation of strategies, development of approaches and plan activities for project implementation.

Principal chief conservator of forests Rajat S Pal said, while formulating policies for the project in Nagaland, two things would have to be considered – first, rivers had to be identified whether they were east or west flowing and, secondly, land belonged to the people. 

He expressed the need to involve neighbouring provinces in China and stressed on the importance of geology of the areas involved.

Open discussion was held focusing on existing reports/work done by departments/organisations, data format, agro-forestry/forestry/other models developed and tested by various agencies, future plans for forestry intervention and planning for follow-up action.

The programme was organised by RFRI in collaboration with the Government of Nagaland.

 

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