Sensitisation on biodiversity preservation

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/11/2021 1:22:51 PM IST

Advisor for horticulture and border affairs, Mhathung Yanthan has stressed on the importance of creating awareness and training citizens of Wokha district on biodiversity preservation as the land and its resources belonged to the people.

According to DIPR report, Yanthan, who is also the chairman of Wokha District Planning and Development Board (DPDB), was addressing the board members during its monthly meeting on April 9 at the Conference Hall of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Wokha office.

Pointing out that the Biological Diversity Act 2002 has been implemented across the country including Nagaland, Yanthan said there was a need for Nagaland State Biodiversity Board (NSBB) to ponder upon effective implementation of the Act so that it could benefit the people.

While thanking the board for visiting the district, he urged them to sensitise and train citizens of Wokha district on preservation of biodiversity.

“It is very important to educate the people as there is a great link between biodiversity and wellbeing of the people of the district,” said Mhathung.

The advisor also suggested converting “unused or unutilised” land located far away from the villages to community reserved forest. He said through such initiative the community could avail benefits from the Government of India and at the same time conserve the forest. NSBB chairman, S.P. Trepathihighlighted on status of implementation of Biological Diversity Act 2002 & Rules 2004 in Nagaland. 

He said 133 villages under Wokha district was registered by the board as per its topography and vegetations. Trepathi said the villages were selected to study on the secondary income they generate and that detailed project reports or state report was being prepared accordingly.

The meeting also discussed selection and implementation of Champang area being selected as the aspirational block for Wokha district; discussion was held with the banks operating within the district; upgradation of schools and other issues. Earlier, the DC and vice chairman Wokha DPDB, Orenthung Lotha welcomed the new members of the board.

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