Forest officials with the teachers and students of the Vidhya Bhawan School, Kuda Village on April 15. (Photo Courtesy: Chief Wildlife Warden)
Dimapur, April 15 (MExN): An awareness programme for conservation of nature, forest and wildlife was organized by the Nagaland Forest Department on April 15 at Vidhya Bhawan School, Kuda Village, Dimapur.
A press release from Chief Wildlife Warden stated that about 400 participants attended the programme consisting of head master, teachers, and students from the school, GB, village elders, head of institutions and officers from the forest department. The programme was sponsored by the GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, Almora (Uttarakhand) an autonomous Institute of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India, under National Mission of Himalayan Studies (NMHS).
The programme began with invocation prayer by Ruth Z. Tsopoe, Assistant Headmistress, Vidhya Bhawan School. Tokaho H Kinimi, IFS, Wildlife Warden, Wildlife Division, Dimapur chaired the programme. He also read Nature Conservation Quotes to be followed by all in daily life. Vijoy Kumar Sahu, Head Master, Vidhya Bhawan School welcomed the participants.
Satya Prakash Tripathi, PCCF & HoFF & Chief Wildlife Warden, spoke on ‘our dependency on forest and wildlife, directly and indirectly.’ He gave a brief background of Nature Learning Centres being established and developed by the Ministry under National Mission of Himalayan Studies (NMHS), in all twelve Himalayan States of India including Nagaland, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir. He stated that the importance of forest and wildlife, which are part of nature, will remain same in our life at different interval of time. Children, Students are our future generation. The idea inculcated in their mind for nature conservation will go from present generation to the future generation. They can play as a brand ambassador of the Forest Department for nature conservation.
Yanathang Kithan, Senior Scientific Assistant, Nagaland Pollution Board, spoke on environmental pollution caused by various factors. He laid emphasis on recycling and avoiding littering, composting of wastes etc. for environment amelioration, directly and indirectly. He appealed the participants to share knowledge on environmental amelioration with families and friends to reduce pollution.
He also stated that time cannot be recycled, so there is an urgent need of action by all of us in this endeavour. The participating children were given bookmarks, nature conservation quotes etc. the programme was followed by interaction. The vote of thanks was proposed by M. Mhonbemo Ngullie, IFS, APCCF (Territorial).