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Sensitisation programme on ‘BC&CWC’ held in Kohima

A one-day sensitisation programme on “Biodiversity Conservation and Combating Wildlife Crimes” (BC&CWC)organised by Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Nagaland State Biodiversity Board (NSBB) and Aaranyak, Guwahati was held on June 23 at conference hall, Forest office complex, Kohima for forest and police personnel.
According to a press release from CCF & member secretary, NSBB, Supongnukshi, IFS, special guest M. Senthil Kumar, IFS, CCF (M&E) in his address acknowledged and appreciated efforts of Aaranyak for collaborating with Forest department and Biodiversity Board on Wildlife Crime Issues and biodiversity conservation. He also stated that the pertinent issue needed wider awareness from top to the grass root level.
Guest of honor, Senior Superintendent of Police (Sr. SP) Kevithuto Sophie, IPS, Kohima in his address emphasised on collective roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders to contain and curb wildlife crimes and conserve the biodiversity.
Chairman, NSBB, S. P. Tripathi delivered the keynote address while senior consultant, Aaranyak, Bijoy Sankar Bora spoke on behalf of their organisation.
Tripathi in his address gave a brief background of the programme and spoke on status of wildlife crimes in Nagaland. He also stressed on the need to concentrate on biodiversity conservation and combating wildlife crimes.
During technical session, FRO, NSBB, Savinuo Kikhi presented on “Biodiversity Act, 2002 and the Nagaland State Biodiversity Rules, 2012” where she highlighted important provisions of the Act and status of its implementation in Nagaland context. Senior manager, Aaranyak, Dr. Jimmy Borah presented on “Overview of wildlife crimes focusing on rhino and tigers at global and regional level” and “Identification and understanding commonly used wildlife products in the region” while project officer, Aaranyak, Ivy Farheen Hussain presented on “Wildlife crimes on rhino and tigers at local level” and the modus operandi of common wildlife crimes in the region. Chairman, NSBB, S. P. Tripathi presented on “Status of wildlife crime in Nagaland”.
The sensitisation programme concluded with the resolve that such programmes should be held in the future for Forest and Police personnel, that awareness on conservation of forest, wildlife, and biodiversity must start at the grass-root level, funding to the communities for continuity of conservation works, synergistic working of Nagaland Forest department, Police department, NSBB, WCCB, MoEF&CC, GoI, Aaranyak, and WCS India, and other agencies for creating awareness for conservation of forest, wildlife and biodiversity, together with combating wildlife crimes.
Earlier, programme was chaired by DFO, Kohima Forest Division, Raj Kumar M. IFS, Conservator of Forest & member secretary, Nagaland Pollution Control Board (NPCB), K. Hukato Chishi, IFS delivered the welcome address and CCF and member secretary, NSBB Supongnukshi, IFS, pronounced the vote of thanks.

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