LEDUM, Oct 09: Appreciating local community of Ledum village for putting their village on world eco-tourism map through their conservation efforts, local MLA Ninong Ering said that it has set an example for others to emulate in protecting their rich fauna and flora.
In his inaugural address to three-day 3rd edition of Pasighat Butterfly and Bio-Diversity meet, themed ‘conserve Mother Nature’, here on Tuesday as chief guest, he termed the local community most important stakeholders whose participation is vital in achieving the goal along with sustainable development. Ledum is famed for mural drawn by the villagers.
Welcoming large number of tourists and nature lovers, Ering said participation of environmentalists, particularly research scholars, ecologists and wildlife officers, have been brought under one umbrella to promote Ledum as an eco-tourist destination. This event would educate the people and create awareness on importance of butterfly, bio-diversity and importance of conservation at community level, he said.
Expressing concern that many wildlife species abound in the state have dwindled and facing extinction, Ering called for united efforts to conserve rich biodiversity to protect those dwindling species before opening office of Destination Ledum.
East Siang DC Dr. Kinny Singh, speaking as guest of honour earlier, said that such occasions provide a common platform to ponder and create awareness among the community members.
Pointing out that the delicate and fragile butterfly, one of the beautiful creations and vital species of nature, calls for protecting the fragile eco-system. “We must all come together to conserve and protect our rich wildlife and bio-diversity”, she said.
East Siang district admission has issued directives through the GBs to protect wildlife by taking bold steps, she added.
Dr. Joram Khopey highlighted the objective of the meet meet, DFOs Boken Pao (Mouling Wildlife Sanctuary) and Tashi Mize stressed on the need to conserve wildlife and bio-diversity. Organising chairman Talut Siram & secretary John Pada and Ledum village secretary Onong Taloh also spoke.
Earlier, a dance presentation on the theme of butter fly conservation, choreographed by noted folk artiste Denong Padung was presented.
Sikkim-based Ashoka Trust for Research on Ecology and Environment regional head Dr. Sarala Khaling and Butterfly Man of Sikkim Nawang Bhutia, also Bomos Nature Conservation Society president, among others, were felicitated.
Moth watching was also one of the important highlights while biodiversity discovery, birdwatching, conservation activities, nature trail hike, nature photography by nature lovers and conversations are other activities of the three-days. (DIPRO)