National Coordinator arrives in Nagaland to discuss elephant project

Dr Prajna P Panda with Nagaland Forest Department officials during the meeting held on October 15.
Dr Prajna P Panda with Nagaland Forest Department officials during the meeting held on October 15.

Dimapur, October 16 (MExN): Dr Prajna P Panda, National Coordinator, Project Elephant Division from Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change, Government of India arrived at Nagaland to discuss various matters pertaining to elephants and elephant reserves in Nagaland on October 15.

The Wildlife Wing, Nagaland Forest Department called for a meeting at the Office of the Chief Wildlife Warden, Nagaland in Dimapur to appraise the visiting official on the current status of conservation and issues pertaining to elephants in the state. 

The meeting was initiated by M Mhonbemo Ngullie IFS, Chief Wildlife Warden who gave an introductory presentation on elephants of Nagaland. This was followed by a presentation on the current conservation status of Intanki National Park/Intanki Elephant Reserve by Aochuba IFS, Director, Intanki National Park. 

It was followed by a discussion, where the matter of creation of Elephant Rescue Center at Intanki as potential project site was placed before the official. As per the Synchronized Elephant Population Estimation 2017, Nagaland elephant population is 446. The issue of fragmentation of historical corridors leading to human elephant conflict, its effects and its mitigation were also discussed. 

The programme was attended also by Satya Prakash Tripathi IFS (Retired), Chairman Nagaland State Biodiversity Board, Suman W M Sivachar IFS, DCF, O/o Chief Wildlife Warden and Wildlife Warden, Kiphire Wildlife Division, Prabhat Kumar IFS, Director, Nagaland Zoological Park, Tokaho Kinimi IFS, Wildlife Warden, Dimapur Wildlife Division and Range Forest Officers of Intanki National Park, Kenlum and Aaron Yimchunger.

Dr Prajna will be visiting few of the elephant areas of Nagaland including Intanki Elephant Reserve, Singhphan Elephant Reserve and Wokha district area in the subsequent days to gain greater insight into the current status, issues, challenges poised before the people, communities and the Department.