Launch of a community awareness program on wildlife conservation

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With the aim of educating people on the importance of wildlife conservation to ensure the survival of threatened and vulnerable species, thus ensuring the balance and stability of natural processes, the Seppa Forestry Division conducted a program community outreach in Kamrung village of East Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh.

During the program, the Divisional Forestry Officer (DFO) of Seppa Forestry Division – Vikas Swami, IFS urged local people to avoid hunting and support conservation practices.

Meanwhile, during the program, wood-saving devices were also distributed to beneficiaries.

The official Twitter account of the Department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change of Arunachal Pradesh said “We congratulate @Vikas_IFS, @DfoSeppa to reach out to people to conduct outreach programs. Engaging communities in conservation is the best way forward.

Taking to Twitter, Seppa Forest Division also informed of the same, “#community sensitization program in kamrung village. people were urged to avoid hunting and support conservation. wood-saving devices were also distributed to beneficiaries.

Regarded as a communal practice by various tribes residing along the hills, hunting – essentially transformed into a mixture of tradition and technology – has proliferated in recent times, posing a serious threat to wildlife.

Considering this risk of extinction, the Forest Department of Arunachal Pradesh, through its initiative titled “Air Gun Surrender Abhiyaan”, aimed to play a crucial role in the wildlife ecosystem, thereby preserving rare and endangered wildlife. .

To recognize this initiative, the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, in November last year, awarded the department a “Tableau of honour”. The role was to urge residents to voluntarily surrender their air guns and end the indiscriminate killing of birds in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. Since its launch in March 2021, more than 2,000 airguns have been turned in by residents across the state.

It should be noted that the human population which has increased exponentially over the last 200 years and continues to grow, thus endangering the habitats and the existence of various types of wild animals in the world.

However, other threats to wildlife include – the introduction of invasive species from other parts of the world, climate change, pollution, hunting, fishing and poaching.

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