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MoEFCC official in state to discuss elephant issues

MoEFCC official in state to discuss elephant issues
MoEFCC officials and officials of Nagaland Forest Department during the meeting.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 10/16/2020 12:20:45 PM IST

Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC), government of India, national coordinator, project elephant division, Dr Prajna P Panda arrived at Dimapur on October 15 to discuss various matters pertaining to elephants, elephant reserves at Nagaland and to visit elephant areas of Nagaland such as Intanki elephant reserve, Singhphan elephant reserve and Wokha district area.

A press release from, deputy conservator of forests, O/o CWLW, Nagaland & wildlife warden, Kiphire wildlife division, Suman W M Sivachar stated that a meeting was conducted by Wildlife Wing, Nagaland Forest Department at office of the chief wildlife warden, Nagaland to appraise the visiting official Dr Prajna P Panda on the current status of conservation and issues pertaining to elephants in the state.

The meeting was initiated by chief wildlife warden, M Mhonbemo Ngullie who delivered introductory presentation on elephants of Nagaland, followed by presentation on current conservation status of Intanki national park / Intanki elephant reserve by director, Intanki National Park, Aochuba. 

During the discussion, the matter of creation of elephant rescue centre at Intanki as potential project site was placed before the official. 

As per the synchronised elephant population estimation 2017, Nagaland elephant population was 446. 

The issue of the fragmentation of historical corridors leading to human elephant conflict, its effects and its mitigation were also discussed.

It may be noted that the officer would be travelling in the coming days to elephant areas of Nagaland to gain greater insight into the current status, issues and challenges posed before the people, communities and the department.

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