Participants with others during the workshop on ‘Improving Livelihoods through Conservation’ organised by the Department of Forests, Phek Division and Kiphire Wildlife Division on November 10. (Photo Courtesy/ Department of Forests, Phek Division)
Phek, November 10 (MExN): A one-day workshop on ‘Improving Livelihoods through Conservation’ was organised by the Department of Forests, Phek Division and Kiphire Wildlife Division on November 10 at VTC hall, NEN Resource Centre, Chizami village.
Above 100 participants, mostly women, drawn from Lozaphuhu, Kikruma and Tsekhwelu CCR and Forest department staff participated in the workshop. North East Network (NEN) members Seno Tsuhah and Wekoweu Tsuhah were the resource persons at the workshop.
In his welcome and introduction to the workshop, ACF Phek Enyiwekha Wezah highlighted the importance of forest conservation to reduce climate change impacts. He added that the workshop is being organised with the objective of strengthening conservation efforts by creating awareness on sustainable livelihood options.
In an interactive session on ‘Forest Based Livelihoods’, workshop participants shared various concerns/ changes related to present day forests, such as, depleting biodiversity, deforestation and shrinking forestlands, wildlife extinction, etc and its impact on food productivity, water, livelihoods amongst others. Wekoweu Tsuhah highlighted about forests ecosystem services, exploring forest based livelihoods with a focus on sustainable harvesting, ecological regeneration and innovation.
In her presentation on ‘Exploring alternative livelihood opportunities’ Ms. Seno Tsuhah, stressed on the need to relook at community resources and traditional skills that is available and invest on value addition to improve rural livelihoods. She shared best practices of revival and innovation in traditional crafts and local food-based enterprises. She encouraged the participants to strengthen collectivism, innovation and product diversification, collaboration and partnership with relevant government departments for livelihood support and services.
In the workshop, participants from Tsekhwelu CCR shared testimonies of their community women-led initiatives to improve livelihoods. Revival of traditional crafts like grasscoat weaving, natural fibre processing and natural dyes through skill training, knowledge sharing and documentation; and strengthening local market through organizing of weekly markets were examples shared.
Wetezolo Chirhah, R.O, Chizami Beat chaired the Programme. Thenolu Chirhah, Associate Pastor (Women), CTBC pronounced the invocation. Deitho Surotso, R.O, Pfutsero Beat delivered the vote of thanks.