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WDD conducts HAC programs

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/23/2018 11:31:40 AM IST

The Wildlife Division Dimapur (WDD) conducted awareness programs on two separate occasions on mitigating Human-Animal Conflict (HAC) at Zukihe village, Kuhuboto on August 18 and Hovukhu village, Niuland sub-division on August 21. 

A press release from WDD stated that at Zukihe village, Kikavi Chophi, forest ranger WCCU, lamented that the growing resource needs of the human population had led to the destruction and fragmentation of wild habitats across the country. 

Demonstration methods to repel wild elephants were shown so as to contain the creatures within their historical migration corridors thereby leaving village areas and agriculture lands un-affected. The program was also attended by Ekyo Yan, a neighbouring village,  facing similar conflicts with wild elephants. 

At Hovukhu village, the program was attended by the adjoining villages of Hovishe, Hezulho & Ghutovi. the wildlife warden, K Caroline Angami in her keynote address highlighted the existing forest cover of Nagaland and emphasized on the importance of conserving forest and wildlife. She also spoke on the need to share responsibility as pro-active communities concerning wildlife. Caroline further elaborated on the procedures to initiate the declaration of community reserves and also to contact forest officials in case of damage to their crops, property or human life by wild animals.

Vihuto president, Western Sumi GB Union who was the special invitee on the occasion, spoke on importance and the existing fast-dwindling scenario of forest and wildlife in Nagaland. He pointed out examples of villages in Nagaland that were benefiting from community reserves and asked those present to come up with their own action plans. Bokato (FR, Niuland) also appealed to the participants to be selfless in their contributions towards the conservation and protection of their own forest resources. 

The gathering was also made aware of the applicability of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 in Nagaland by distributing the WL (P) Act 1972 to all the village representatives. Books and bookmarks were also distributed to all the participants.

 

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