World Wildlife Day celebrated across State

World Wildlife Day celebrated across State

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: Going with rest of the globe, the World Wildlife Day (WWD) was celebrated throughout the State today with a slew of programmes marking the event.

Center with Potential for Excellence in Biodiversity (CPEB), Rajiv Gandhi University observed the 4th World Wildlife Day (WWD) as awareness to people on wildlife and its current extinction crisis and promote wildlife conservation in the state.

The 4th World wildlife Day was observed this year on the theme ‘Listen to Young Voices’, to encourage youth around the world to rally them together to address the major threats to wildlife.

“Local tribal people’s mindset of seeing wildlife as tasty food and drive to kill wildlife around is needed to be changed. Time has come where we have to see wildlife as friend not as food, said Prof Tomo Riba while speaking on the occasion as chief guest.

He also urged the scientific community to harness hunter ecological knowledge for conservation of wildlife as hunters are the group of people who know where wildlife is found and which is the most suitable habitat for them and their life histories.

Bomre Gamlin, Range Forest officer, Social Forestry Range, Naharlagun, the guest of honour opined that destruction of the habitat is due to jhum cultivation, developmental activities etc.

While citing an example of habitat destruction, he lamented that Durphang reserve forest along NH-415 near Banderdewa has been destroyed because of rapid and unplanned urbanization and similar scenario can be seen in various parts of Arunachal Pradesh. He also mentioned that hunting of wildlife for festival, ritual and culture is quite rampant and is another main reason for dwindling wildlife in the state.

Prof H N Sarma, Coordinator CPEB said, “We are in goldmine of biodiversity which provide us ample opportunity for world class research in biodiversity but we are destroying it.”

Further, he said: “Corruption is another threat to wildlife, even corruption creeps into scientific community which make the things worst.”

Organizing secretary of the event, Dr Daniel Mize informed that WWD observance is recommended by UNO to create awareness on current wildlife extinction crisis and it is essential to engage  energy and enthusiasm of young people and experience of old people together to conserve the wildlife. So time has come to listen to young voices. “More and more younger people should be motivated for appreciation, research and conservation of wildlife as they will be the leaders of all walks of life in future,” he added.

A wildlife & biodiversity awareness poster competition was also held to mark the occasion in which the students from Dera Natung Govt College, Himalayan University and various departments of RGU competed.

Hage Assung and Tongchen Jomba were declared as joint winners of 1st prize, while Karsing Megu and Chawan Matey were the winners of 2nd and 3rd prize respectively.

Consolation prizes were awarded to Bamin Tado, Borep Khiham, Gelek Jopir, Litnya Tangjang, Nyumpi Bagra and Takpi Game.

At RUPA: WWD was celebrated by Shergaon Forest Division by organizing a training workshop for the staff of the division at the conference hall of the Divisional Forest Officer here.

The workshop was aimed at motivating the staff towards their duties of conserving the rich flora and fauna of the region.

Rajarshi Chakravarty from WWF highlighted the biodiversity of western Arunachal Pradesh and how each one of us could play a role in its conservation and help creating a sustainable development model in the area. DFO Millo Tasser spoke on the global challenges like illegal wildlife trade, species extinction, global warming and climate change and requested every staff of the division to pledge against wildlife hunting, wildlife meat and be an example in the society.

The staffers were taught on scientific patrolling, handling of modern filed equipment and forest acts like Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

The staffers were later felicitated with a token of love for their commendable services.

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