Forest min launches revised Nagaland State Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan

Kohima: The revised Nagaland State Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan (NSBSAP) was unveiled by Minister of Forests, Environment and Climate Change YM Yollow Konyak on Friday during celebrations of International Biodiversity Day (IDB) 2022.

The revised plan includes setting 12 new biodiversity targets for the state, and the timeline for achieving the target is set at five years, with 2026 being the cut-off year for assessment.

The Department of Environment Forests & Climate Change prepared Nagaland’s State-Level Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP) in 2005 together with the Center for Environmental Studies at North Eastern Hill University in Shillong.

The Nagaland State Biodiversity Board (NSBB), in cooperation with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), took on the task of updating the BSAP of Nagaland based on the five strategic goals and the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the National Biodiversity Targets and to revise and the local realities and conservation scenario in Nagaland.

The NSBSAP is supported by the global project within the German-Indian development cooperation project “Biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes (IKI-Biodiv)”, carried out by GIZ and commissioned by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection.

The event was held at RCEMPA’s Regional Competence Center for Music and Arts, Jotsoma, and was organized by the Nagaland State Biodiversity Board (NSBB) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) to mark the adoption of the 22 Biological Diversity, under the theme ” Building a common future for all life – India for nature”.

On this occasion, Dr. Antje C. Berger, Environmental Affairs Officer at the German Embassy in New Delhi, that biodiversity remains the key answer to several sustainable development challenges.

With two of the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots located in the Northeast region and Nagaland located in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, she said the introduction of the revised NBSAP is a step towards preserving the unique landscape and management.

Since agriculture contributes 70% to biodiversity loss and 52% of agricultural land is affected by degradation due to inappropriate production methods, she said that the project “Biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes (IKI-Biodev)” will increase knowledge on increasing biodiversity and sustainable use of the ecosystem and agriculture. Berger added that the project proved that farming practices can have positive impacts on biodiversity and the ecosystem.

She also pointed out that converting crops has the potential to boost biodiversity and ecosystem services, and improve agricultural production and resilience to climate change.

The project has raised awareness and strengthened the capacity of Jhum optimization, while also intensifying measures to ensure farmers’ nutrition and livelihoods. In addition, it engaged in constant exchanges between practitioners, academics, academia and politicians and policymakers, with the deepest knowledge found in the communities of the most vulnerable.

She informed me that the project will end in November this year and a new project on “Protection and Sustainable Management of Water Resources in Northeast Himalayan Region of India” will be implemented in Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland.

Farhad Vania, GIZ India, informed that GIZ has been in Nagaland for over a decade and is working with Nagaland on biodiversity areas. He said the search for solutions has increased as the complexity of biodiversity and climate change issues has increased.

He said that it was not possible for any country to solve such problems and that international cooperation was needed, so a cabinet consultation of heads of state was recently held in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in May and is a German -Entered Indian Partnership for Green and Sustainable Development, containing all content for future development and providing direction towards Sustainable Development Goals.

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