Manipur: World Wildlife Day is celebrated across the globe on March 3. On the occasion of this day, the 44 Assam Rifles organised a wildlife awareness run in Tamenglong town, Manipur and planted one thousand plants across the district.
The awareness run was organised under the aegis of 22 Sect AR/ IGAR (E). Under the theme ‘Forests and Livelihood: Sustaining People and Planet’ various events were organised by the troops. The main objective of the event was to spread awareness among the locals 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 Commandant urged the people to protect and conserve the wildlife of the area. Speaking on the occasion, 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.
He added ”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 awareness about wildlife conservation among children and youth since they are the future leaders and deserve a better future, where humans live in harmony with wildlife.
The unit further endeavors to pace up its plantation drive this year in collaboration with various departments, youth and civil society organisations. 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. Last year the unit had planned one lakh saplings of various locals herbs and shrubs in various parts of Tamenglong district.