IDB 2016

The International Day for Biological Diversity, 2016 was celebrated by Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity Board, Itanagar at Doji, West Siang District. The Biodiversity Management Committee, Doji was the host of the celebration. More than 300 participants from 12 villages attended the programme. The Programme was graced by Sri Doi Ado, Former Cabinet Minister, Government of Arunachal Pradesh as Chief Guest. He exhorted the participants to be the fore-runners in protecting nature and create awareness amongst the public about the importance of maintaining balance between man and nature. The Biodiversity Management Committees of the district, Panchayat representatives, School Children, NGO representatives and officers from the line Department also participated.


 Awareness lecture

As a part of Celebration an awareness lecture series on the theme Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods as well as on Biodiversity Conservation was conducted. The key note address of the talk was presented by Sri N. Tam, Member Secretary, APBB. His lecture covers the issues to mitigate the sustainable utility of the Bioresource by the Tribal community without posing harm to the nature. He also emphasized the need on conserving every single species, focusing the role played by small insects in pollination, food grain production and plant fruiting.  Member Secretary urges the Biodiversity Management Committees to play pivotal role in creating Biodiversity awareness among the local communities. Dr. B. Bhatt, Wildlife Biologist in Department of Environment and Forests presented a talk on the Wildlife of Arunachal Pradesh. Presenting the detail outlay of the Wildlife Scenario and the role of every organism in food web he spoke on the responsibility of the community in delivering the conserving ideologies. Dr. Bhatt’s deliberation specifically figured the issues responsible in harming the habitat of the wildlife in the State. Dr. Kenjum Bagra, Research Officer of Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity Board, delivered his lecture on the role of BMC in biodiversity governance. He highlighted the Access and Benefit Sharing mechanism citing it as the major sources of fund generation for the local community. He suggested measures by which the bioresources can be sustainably utilize without harming the ecosystem.  Shri Nyali Ete, Divisional Forest Officer, Aalo Forest Division, while narrating his experience in the region, request the village representatives to join hand with the government agencies in conserving flora and fauna.


Group Discussion

After the awareness lecture series, Group discussion on the issues related to the Biodiversity conservation, Sustainable utilization of wild bioresource and Biodiversity conservation was held. The BMC, Panchayat representatives and NGOs of 12 villages participated in the discussion session. Mr. Kenbom Bagra, Advocate and a social activist narrated the role played by West Siang District Socio Culture and Economic Development Society in regulating the banning of destructive fishing activities in Aalo region of the district. He requested APBB to instruct the district administration to implement the Wildlife laws strictly. The representatives of participating villages express their views on promoting traditional means of Biodiversity conservation. They urge the APBB to constitute BMC in every village of Pushi Bango (the local administrative circle). They also agreed to joint hand to hand to work on the issue concerning biodiversity. All the speakers discourage the use of insecticides, weedicides and other harmful chemicals in farming system and requested the authority to prohibit the selling of the same in the local market.


Distribution of information vouchers

            Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity Board prepared a Pamphlet entitle “Protected Areas in Arunachal Pradesh” for the International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 celebration. The pamphlet contains the information on the Biosphere Reserve, National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in the State. The pamphlets along with other reading materials were distributed to the participants of the programme.