Forestry Department observes World Environment Day | Morung Express


In commemoration of World Environment Day, CM Neiphiu Rio planted a sapling at the New DC complex in Chümoukedima in the presence of DGP Nagaland and other officials on June 5. (Photo DIPR)

Dimapur, June 5 (MExN): The Nagaland Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change organized a virtual program to celebrate World Environment Day (WED) on June 5. rolls through the state. The program was chaired by Dharmendra Prakash, Senior Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Forestry Force (PCCF & HoFF) while Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister of Nagaland honored the occasion as a special guest.

PCCF & HoFF welcomed all participants and stressed the importance of World Environment Day.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio stressed the need for action and commitment to improve our planet and the environment. He said this year’s WED theme, “restoring ecosystems”, is essential to tackle various global crises and stressed the need to leave a minimum carbon footprint on the planet. He said the development strikes a balance between meeting requirements and preserving the environment. The CM recalled that the earth does not belong to the present generation alone and that it is our duty to ensure that a better planet is transmitted to future generations.

Rio commended the efforts and commitment of the state’s people to conservation, which has resulted in above-average vegetation cover and the establishment of numerous community conservation areas in the state. He further congratulated Dr Nuklu Phom and Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary for receiving the Green Oscar 2021 from the Whitley Fund for nature, UK and India Biodiversity Award 2021 respectively.

He said the department’s various programs such as National Reforestation Program, Brahmaputra Rejuvenation Plan as well as externally assisted projects, JICA-assisted NFMP, KfW-sponsored biodiversity project and the IFAD-supported FOCUS project will make major contributions to nature conservation and restoration in the state.

Stressing that environmental disasters such as the loss of ecosystems create conditions for the growth and spread of diseases such as the coronavirus, the CM assured that the state government is doing everything possible to combat the pandemic. . He praised the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, Assam Rifles and the Nagaland Police Department for successfully commemorating the event through planting campaigns.

Vedpal Singh, Additional Chief Forestry Conservator, gave a short presentation highlighting the progress of joint planting in various districts of the state and said the goal is to plant around 3 lakh of seedlings across the state.

Short speeches were also given by Ramakrishna, Principal Secretary, Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Major General Kaushik, IG AR (N) and T John Longkumer IPS, DGP, Nagaland. IGAR (N) highlighted various green initiatives taken by Assam Rifles. The DGP mentioned that this was the first collaborative effort between the police and the forestry department and that these joint efforts should be continued from now on. The program was followed by DCs, SPs, DFOs and other field officials from all districts and Mr. Senthil Kumar, CCF moved the vote of thanks. After the virtual program, the planting campaign was carried out in the New DC office complex, Dimapur led by CM and the seedling distribution program in Kohima was reported by PCCF & HoFF.


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