Attendees of the awareness campaign organized by Forest Department, Nagaland and 111 Battalion, Border Security Force (BSF), Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI.
Dimapur, May 17 (MExN): An awareness campaign program for conservation and protection of forest and wildlife to mitigate human animal conflict and wildlife crime was jointly organized by the Forest Department, Nagaland and 111 Battalion, Border Security Force (BSF), Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI.
A press release from Satya Prakash Tripathi, Chief Wildlife Warden stated that around 100 persons from the District Administration, Police and Forest Department, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department, Chairmen/Members of Village Councils of Yoruba, Thevoposumi, Chozubasa attended the campaign.
Satya Prakash Tripathi, Chief Wildlife Warden, Nagaland, in his key note address cum interaction session spoke on the genesis of the human animal conflict prevalent in the state in general and elephant problem in Wokha district in particular. He highlighted the policies of the State Government and the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) & Climate Change (CC), Gol, New Delhi for addressing the problem. Presenting a PowerPoint on the importance of Forest & Wildlife, scenario of forest and wildlife in Nagaland, the concept of Community Reserves and status of community reserves in the state of Nagaland, he appealed the people for protection of forest and wildlife.
Japheth Woch, ADC Chozuba also emphasized on the need of synergetic efforts for protection and conservation of wildlife and forests, the release added.
Shanavas, RS, Deputy Commissioner, Phek, Special Invitee, spoke on the need for conservation of forest and wildlife by individuals and communities as the government machinery alone cannot conserve the forest resource. He appealed villagers to conserve natural resources for future generations and tourist development on the principles of sustainable development through assistance from the district administration.
Nitin Gupta, second in command, 111 Battalion, BSF, Satakha also stated that the BSF is always ready to extend conservation awareness program as and when approached by the villagers/forest department. He also emphasized the need to communicate between security forces, departments and villagers for fortifying conversation efforts.