TMENGLONG- On the occasion of world wildlife Day on 03 Mar, the 44 Assam Rifles under the aegis of 22 Sect AR/ IGAR (E) organised a wildlife awareness run in Tamenglong town and planted one thousand plants across the district. Under the theme Forests and Livelihood: Sustaining People and planet as a way various events were organised by the troops.
To further highlight the role of forests, forest species and ecosystems services in sustaining livelihood of indigenous and local communities with historical ties to forested and adjacent areas the event spread the awareness among locals of the town.
Speaking on the occasion the Commandant urged the people to protect and conserve the wildlife of the area. He said that the flora and fauna of an area has intrinsic value and immensely contributes towards ecological, social, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic value of human well being.
The Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crimes which impacts the sustainable development of any region. He urged the public to spread the awareness about wildlife conservation to children and youth. They are the future leaders and deserve a better future, where humans live in harmony with wildlife.
Tamenglong is a hilly district with 88% forest cover. Most of the villages live within or adjacent to forested areas, relying on various ecosystem services within forests for their livelihood. These spaces are not only central to their economic and personal well being but also to their cultural identity.
The flora, fauna and the human being dependent on them are presently at cross roads of the multiple planetary crisis arising due to global climate change, biodiversity loss, health, social and economic impact due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
To spread the awareness about our duty to preserve and sustainably use the vast variety of life on the planet, Last year also the unit had planned one lakh saplings of various locals herbs and shrubs in various parts of Tamenglong district. The unit further endeavours to pace up its plantation drive this year in collaboration with various departments, youth and civil society organisation.
Towards this effort self help sapling nurseries are being created at various locations to facilitate jawans to contribute towards the fragile ecosystem of the area.