Angami areas push Green agenda

Dimapur, March 10 (MExN): The “decennial celebration” of Khonoma Wildlife Conservation will be on March 16 at Khonoma village. Originally scheduled for March 15, Khonoma will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its wildlife conservation initiative.
The village community hall will be the venue for the celebrations, which is set to commence from 10 am. Various competitions such as essay writing and drawing will mark the day. A publication on the history of conservation in Khonoma is also set fro release.
Minister for Forests, Environment and Wildlife MC Konyak will be the chief guest on the occasion while well-known commentator Niketu Iralu, will deliver the keynote address. Besides officials from the state, environmentalists and guests from outside Nagaland are expected to grace the occasion. There will be a “jeep safari” for VIPs and invitees later.  
“It may be recalled that Khonoma became the first ‘Green village’ in India during 2004. The main objective of the present celebration is to further strengthen conservation efforts and to plan for future strategies,” a note from the conservation initiative stated today.
In a similar initiative, the Angami Youth Organization (AYO) in its effort to promote conservation of flora and fauna had undertaken an intensive tour to all the four Angami regions in the year 2010. As a follow up of this campaign, the AYO decided that there would be a complete ban on hunting in all the Angami-inhabited areas.
“However, the villages were given a period of two months i.e. January and February, in which the ban on hunting may be relaxed with permission from the village authority.  The relaxation period having come to an end the AYO appeals to all the regional and village youth organizations to enforce the ban on hunting,” the AYO stated in a note today.
The AYO also expressed appreciation to all the villages that continued with the ban even during the relaxation period and to those, which have already begun to enforce the ban on hunting.
Along with the youth organizations of the four Angami regions, the AYO said it would be conducting surprise checking from time to time. The AYO is also contemplating of giving an award to the most eco-friendly village at the end of the year, the organization said.

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