By Our Staff Reporter
POMA, Sept 26: Terming natural resources, rich flora and fauna, rivers, as life givers, environment & climate change director D Dohu Robin gave a clarion call to conserve and protect them for life to survive on the earth.
Time has come for all to seriously think on this vital issue for a better future Robin said in his address to an awareness programme on community mobilization activities under 2nd quarter of ‘climate change vulnerability of Papum Poma river for conservation and rejuvenation of its spring in the locality’.
Nature gives everything to human beings, who should reciprocate by protecting it for continuing the benefits for posterity, he said with conviction.
Some confusions among the locals were cleared, Guwahati-IIT intervention sought and a project for rejuvenation has been taken up involving eight villages of Sangdupota in place of eight villagers, he said, and sought local involvement, particularly goan buras/buris/former PRI members capable of effectively protecting the of environment.
Infirming about action plan to rejuvenate water sources to meet the scarcity depending on the gradients, he said check dams, trenches and recharging pits would be built in eight of total 28 villages of Depra, Poma-I, Poma-II, Jullang, Rakap, Khamir, Moin & Rilo circle to help local farmers to develop sources and tap water, especially during winter. The plan will be studied properly by a team of IIT-Guwahati to report if such project could be taken up in future, he informed.
He exhorted the people to plant more trees, avoid deforestation, rampant cutting of trees and not to disturb water sources for the environment to survive in human interest.
Soil conservation officer-cum-nodal officer Nido Pubyang, Guwahati-IIT associate Prof (hydrogeology) Dr. Suresh Kartha, agro-forestry SMAF sub-mission’s UV Singh from, soil & water conservation field officer Talo Ekka, project scientist Y Johnson Singh, programme officer Dohu James, JRF Rinchin Tsering, GIS expert Lich Bida, among others, addressed the villages urging them to protect environment. Local leaders Nabam Rade, Taba Kunia, Techi Tempo, Raba Raja and Taba Rakiang also spoke. The officers also visited few projects taken up by the locals.