Participants and officials at the inauguration of the training in Mokokchung on March 7. (Photo courtesy: Forest Divisional Office, Mokokchung)
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mokokchung | March 7
A two-day training on “Wildlife Law Enforcement and Combating Wildlife Trafficking and Biodiversity Conservation” for forestry and police personnel has started in the conference room of the Conservator of Forests Complex in Mokokchung. The training is jointly organized by Nagaland Forest Department, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) India and Nagaland State Biodiversity Board (NSBB) started with the attendance of 50 people on March 7.
The inaugural program was chaired by Dr. Sentitula, IFS, Divisional Forestry Officer, Mokokchung, who gave a brief overview of the training, highlighted the status of the purchased land, community reserve and protected forest and highlighted the emphasis on building the capacity of frontline staff in terms of legal know-how, to protect and conserve and at the same time combat wildlife crime, in particular cross-border trafficking in wildlife products.
Shashank Pratap Singh, IAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung was the guest of honour. He spoke about the sustainable management of wildlife through the protection and conservation of population and habitat. He called on all participants to focus on learning from the various resource persons in the program and to implement the learning in the best possible way.
Satya Prakash Tripathi, IFS (PCCF and retired HoFF), and Chairman of the State Biodiversity Board, Nagaland, gave in his speech a history of the formation. He underlined the need to sensitize stakeholders on the conservation of natural resources as well as the fight against wildlife crime.
Dev Prakash Bankhwal, IFS (Retired PCCF, Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Assam and WCS Team Leader spoke about creating a sense of ownership towards natural resources and equipping staff to front line in fighting crime.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Aosungla, Forester-I, Mokokchung Forest Division.