Sunday, December 4, 2022

Yollow launches NSBSAP project

In commemoration with the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) 2022, minister of Forest, Environment and Climate Change, Y. M. Yollow Konyak on Friday launched the Revised Nagaland State Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan (NSBSAP) at RCEMPA, Jotsoma.
A report from the DIPR stated that the programme was organised by the Nagaland State Biodiversity Board (NSSB) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur InternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) to commemorate the adoption of May 22 as International Day for Biological Diversity, under the theme ‘Building a shared future for all life.’
The Revised Nagaland BSAP was supported by the global project under the Indo-German development cooperation project “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Agrarian Landscapes (IKI-Biodiv)” implemented by GIZ and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection.
The revised plan includes identification of twelve new Biodiversity Targets for the State. The timeline for achieving these targets have been kept at five years with 2026 being the cut off year when it will be evaluated again.
Addressing the gathering, Counsellor, Head of Environmental Affairs, German Embassy, New Delhi, Dr. Antje C. Berger stated that biodiversity remained the key answer to several sustainable development challenges.
With two of the world’s 36 Biodiversity Hotspots present in Northeastern region, and Nagaland located in the Indo Burma biodiversity hotspot, she termed NBSAP as a step towards maintaining the unique landscape and management.
The project will generate awareness and strengthened the capacity of jhum optimization and intensification measures while ensuring food and livelihood securities of farmers.
The project will an end by November 2022 and a new project on Protection and Sustainable Management of Aquatic Resources in Northeastern Himalayan Region of India will be undertaken in Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland.
Farhad Vania, GIZ India in his address shared that GIZ has been in Nagaland for over a decade, and has been working in biodiversity areas.
He said that it was not possible for a country to try and resolve the problems itself, but needed international cooperation. In this regard, a Cabinet Consultation of Head of States was held where Prime Minister, Narendra Modi met Chancellor, Germany, Olaf Scholz on May 2, 2022 and entered into Indo-German Green and Sustainable Development Partnership, for future development and gives direction especially in Sustainable Development Goals.
It may be noted that Department of Environment Forests & Climate Change, Government of Nagaland, jointly with Centre for Environmental Studies, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong had prepared the State Level Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP) of Nagaland in 2005.

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