Nagaland State Biodiversity Board observes biological diversity day

A speaker addressing the International Day for Biological Diversity 2024 at Jubilee Hall, St Xavier Parish, Jalukie on May 22.

A speaker addressing the International Day for Biological Diversity 2024 at Jubilee Hall, St Xavier Parish, Jalukie on May 22.

Peren, May 23 (MExN): The International Day for Biological Diversity 2024 was commemorated under the theme ‘Be part of the plan’ at Jubilee Hall, St Xavier Parish, Jalukie Town, Peren district on May 22. 

Facilitated by the Nagaland State Biodiversity Board (NSBB) in collaboration with the Care-Centre for Environment and Rural Poor (C-CERP), the event commenced with welcome address from Liangsi Niumai, Director of C-CERP. She emphasised the intrinsic link between biological diversity, life, and health, reminding attendees of the imperative to restore and safeguard our natural heritage.

Supongnukshi, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forest and Member Secretary, delivered a keynote address urging student participants to actively engage in planetary conservation efforts. He delineated the significance of International Biodiversity Day and underscored the pivotal role of the Biodiversity Management Committee in preserving bioresources, particularly highlighting the Intangki National Park. Stressing the pressing need to combat climate change, he rallied for collective action to mitigate its adverse effects on biodiversity.

Punseni Khing, ACF, Peren Division spoke on the responsibility towards biodiversity protection, lamenting the asymmetry between exploitation and conservation efforts. He pointed out the proliferation of hamlets (villages) as a grave threat to Nagaland’s biodiversity, urging concerted action to address this issue sustainably.

Kevipele Iheilung, President of Zeliang People Organization, emphasised biodiversity conservation, delineating concerns regarding land degradation and the introduction of non-local species. He championed traditional agricultural practices and advocated for the preservation of indigenous species vital for ecosystem balance.

Adaube Hiekha, President of Zeliang Students’ Union, lauded the Forest Department for their unwavering support in safeguarding Intangki National Park. He highlighted the key role of local communities in biodiversity conservation, urging advocacy for conservation policies.

Kingsalt Hegwang, President of Zeliang Students’ Union, Peren district, reiterated the collective responsibility towards biodiversity conservation, emphasising individual action starting from one’s home. A representative from the 16 Biodiversity Management Committees stressed the importance of collaborative efforts, urging government support to bolster their endeavours.

Participants pledged allegiance to the cause, committing to support biodiversity restoration and sustainable utilization of bioresources for future generations. Recognition was accorded to student achievers and BMCs through prize distribution and certificates of appreciation.

The event’s special guest, T Aochuba, IFS, Field Director of Intangki National Park, spoke on the repercussions of biodiversity loss on future generations. He elucidated the global significance of International Day for Biological Diversity, derived from the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, emphasising the imperative of widespread awareness and sensitization towards resource conservation.

A Mosonio Chachei, Field Coordinator of C-CERP, extended gratitude to all the speakers and participants and to the NSBB for their support, concluding the event which notably adhered to eco-friendly practices, abstaining from single-use plastic materials.