Thursday, August 18, 2022

RVCCF resolves for green development

Rengma Village Council Chairman Forum (RVCCF) in its half-yearly meeting on July 9 at Tseminyu town resolved to have a ‘community conservation area’ in all villages under Tseminyu district.
In a press release from RVCCF, it stated that during the meeting, Council of Rengma Baptist Churches (CRBC) presented a proposal to initiate the movement for the Tseminyu district community conservation plan which would be jointly spearheaded by RVCCF and Kenono Foundation, a development organisation working on conservation initiatives and developing a carbon market for community conserved forest in Nagaland.
It stated that the purpose behind this resolution was to leverage the current climate agenda into the development trajectory of the district. Globally, the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention – COP26 and nationally, India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution offer us an opportunity and a suitable framework for our response to green growth and sustainable development. Likewise, given the scope and the time at hand for local climate action, the forum decided on ‘community conservation’ as the development trajectory for the upcoming decades.
As part of the resolution, every village in all the seven ranges under Tseminyu district demarcates an area for forest biodiversity conservation. It would be paramount if all the villages undertake forest conservation, whether big or small, in proportion to total land available in the village in order to commit to the principle of conservation as a cultural norm and adherence to UN climate action goals.
As a result, this will position Tseminyu district strategically in becoming the first district in Nagaland as a ‘Green District’ to have all villages undertake conservation.
Such effort will go a long way in the brand building of the district viz. climate action funds and projects. It was noted by the forum that conservation provides the first-level landscape foundation for other climate action initiatives which offers a great opportunity for our farmers, youths and entrepreneurs, such as the sale of carbon credit generated from conserved areas, incentive-based climate agriculture practices, branding and marketing of agriculture, and forest-based and livestock produces.
Earlier, session chairperson, Kegwasing Keppen, president of RCVVF remarked that “community conservation will go a long way to create an environmentally sustainable development pathway for the Rengma community and Tseminyu district”.

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