World Water Day celebrated across Nagaland

DIMAPUR, MAR 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/22/2019 12:39:52 PM IST

International World Water Day (WWD) is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Following are some reports of its observance from across Nagaland.

Dimapur: “International World Water Day” was celebrated at District Soil Conservation office Dimapur on March 22, under the theme "Leaving no one behind", by the department of District Soil Conservation. 

Speaking at the program as special guest, Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Kevekha Kevin Zehol stated that human beings have become too greedy have forgotten to respect and nurture the very essence of life’s existence: Water. 

The DC opined that although World Wars had been fought for lands and cold-wars for energy, the third World War will be fought for water, if the water system continues to be destroyed and diluted. 

The DC also asserted that one reason why fresh waters were getting polluted was because of a lack of civic sense to clean and maintain drainage, leading to pollution of fresh water. 

He encouraged the gathering to maintain proper drainages and try to maintain good water bodies so that underground water may be refreshed.

DSCO, AS Hovuto Zhimomi delivered the key note address where he stated that in the recent past, water was available through many ways, but today people are increasingly relying on bottled water. He also opined that very soon a time would come when people would receive water in capsules.

He also stated that oil from a single oil change of a vehicle can contaminate one million gallons of water (approx 40 lakhs litres). This, he said, suggests that garages have to be built away from fresh water sites.

Slide-shows were also presented by the department of Water Resources, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and the PHED.

The program was chaired by JACO, Khonzani Kithan, and an invocation was said by SO, Kavili Chishi.

The vote of thanks was delivered by SCA, Albinus Atsumong. (Staff Reporter)

Kohima: The Directorate of Soil & Water Conservation celebrated World Water Day on March 22 at its conference hall in Kohima, under the theme "Leaving no one behind” as part of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

A press release from the directorate stated that Soil & Water Conservation director, Viliehu Nguzhü, in his speech, highlighted the importance of fresh water and advocated for sustainable management of freshwater resources. He also spoke about the day’s background, origins, theme, importance, and human right to water, problem of water crisis and the way forward. Nguzhü maintained that efforts have to be focused towards including people who have been marginalized or ignored in decision-making processes, so that no one is left behind. He asserted that from the agricultural context in India, the wealth of a nation lies in the water in its rivers and freshwater resources.

Nagaland State Climate Change Centre, JRF, Kenilo Kessen, gave a presentation on “Climate Change and Water with special reference to Nagaland”.

Deputy director, Rongsenlemzung chaired the program, a vote of thanks was proposed by SDO (SC), Wondangbeni Kikon. The program was attended by officials and staff of the directorate and representatives from the Nagaland State Climate Change Centre.

Zunheboto: District Soil Conservation Officer Zunheboto office, under the aegis of SLUB, observed World Water Day along with the rest of the world under the theme “Leaving no one behind” on March 22 at the DSCO Zunheboto Conference Hall in collaboration with the departments/offices of Environment, Forests and Climate Change; Public Health Engineering, and Land and Water Resources.

Soil & Water Conservation department, Zunheboto, DSCO & joint director, Khekiho Shohe, in a press release stated that various non-governmental organizations such as the Sumi Hoho and ANPSA Zunheboto unit participated in the program.

Zunheboto DC, Shanavas C, graced the occasion as special invitee. He read out the chief minister and chairman of SLUB, Neiphiu Rio’s message for World Water Day. In his own speech, the DC emphasized on the scarcity of water in the district and the state in general in spite of the north east region receiving among the highest rainfall in the world.

Shanavas also stressed on the need to sensitize people at the grass roots on the importance of water and ways and means to conserve it. He urged the departments to counteract the problems causing water scarcity, which according to him are pollution, misuse of water and climate change. Shanavas also commented on the need to educate students on climate change and water usage. 

With the approval of the DC, a committee constituting of members from various water users department was formed to formulate a strategic action plan on water resources of the district.

The program was chaired by chaired by Liza S Yepthomi, followed by a slide-show presentation on status of water in Zunheboto district by various water users departments. The program ended with a vote of thanks from Tsuamki L Yimchunger, JSCO.

Wokha: The department of Soil Conservation organized the an international World Water Day program at district fishery office, Wokha under the theme “Leaving no one behind, safe water for all”, with EAC (J), Imtinungla as the special guest.

According to a DIPR report, addressing the gathering, Imtinungla stated that all natural resources were diminishing at an alarming rate. She urged everyone to change their ways by using water with prudence. She also appealed to line departments to create innovative plans and ways to tackle water shortage problems.

District Forest Officer, Zuthunglo Patton, appealed to the participants and citizens to make Mt. Tiyi forest greener as the forest is the only source of water for Wokha town.

JE, PHED, Er. Chenithung, said that with the increasing human population, developmental activities, reckless deforestation -- surface as well as ground water sources were being depleted as well as contaminated. He also stated that unless a common responsibility is shouldered by all, the slogan “Leaving no one behind - safe water for all" will never become a reality.

Chenithung pointed out that sometimes people tend to give more importance to other luxuries rather than safe water. Just lodging queries, complaints or suggestions with the nodal department will not solve the problem of water scarcity in the district, he asserted adding that it was a common responsibility to use water judiciously.

Jalukie Battaion Assam Rifles: Jalukie Battaion of Assam Rifles, under the aegis of HQ IGAR (N), observed ‘World Water Day’ at Government High School, Peren Town by organizing an awareness lecture on the need to conserve water and on ways to curb water pollution. According to an Assam Rifles Press release, the school children also carried out a picture campaign on ‘Safe Water, Save Life’.

SCMI: Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) North East Zone II observed "World Water Day" on March 22, at Honili Memorial Higher Secondary School (HMHSS).

A press release from SCMI North East Zone II, program secretary, Tolly T Yeptho stated that resource person, assistant professor department of Education SMC, Limanaro, spoke on the importance of water and encouraged the students to preserve water for the next generations. She urged people to not waste water unnecessarily. She also gave tips on how to keep the body hydrated and healthy.

A short play on the importance of water was presented by members of North East Zone II unit. The program was led by HMHSS vice principal, Vilika, and vote of thanks was proposed by Tolly Yeptho.

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