MIAO, Mar 30: A 160-hour certificate course on green skill development programme (GSDP) training on bird identification and basic ornithology concluded at Namdhapha jungle camp near here on Wednesday.
Conducted by Arunachal ENVIS Hub, Itanagar under environment, forests & climate change (EFCC) department in collaboration with Society for Environment Awareness and Conservation of Wild life (SEACOW), Miao, it benefitted 19 trainees of 20-35 years age.
“The GDSP training is useful in present day human activities as the humans have to live with nature,” Miao ZPM Asamto Tikhak said and lauded initiative of Union Ministry of EFCC (MoEF&CC). This is a small step in vast ocean of environment conservation as people are responsible for drying of surface water of Noa Dihing River and vanishing forest ecosystem of Miao area, he reasoned.
Miao is facing water scarcity now, but who is to be blamed, he wondered and advocated for more such capacity building training for identification, conservation and preservation of wildlife.
Congratulating those who underwent the course, environment director and ENVIS coordinator D. Dohu Robin called for active participation of youth. The trainees after certification can become self-sustainable, he said, adding the GSDP is one of the key strategies under Pakke Declaration 2047 on climate resilient and responsive development, adopted by Arunachal Pradesh.
There is a proposal be give badge enrollment No. to all qualified trainees which would serve as tourist guide for bird identification and SEACOW could play a role in local level.
Expressing happiness over the GSDP training, Namdapha Tiger Reserve research officer Tajum Yomcha said it would immensely benefit local youth to improve natural ecosystem.
SEACOW promoter-cum-event organizer Phupla Singpho highlighted his society’s efforts in coordinating with resource persons and experts of Arunachal and Assam or the practical skill training. Three trainees are engaged now as tourist guides under SEACOW in Vijaynagar area. Trainees Yofuna Yobin and Azad Abo lauded the opportunity the training would yield.
Miao tour operator Bela Tikak and field biologist Varia Mayur were also present, according to an official release.