Seminar on conservation and biodiversity

A One-day International Seminar on ‘Community Efforts for Conservation and Biodiversity was jointly organized by the Women’s Studies Centre & Department of Education, Nagaland University, in collaboration with Education Society Nagaland University was held at the Kohima Campus, Meriema on 14th November 2022.

Director of Women’s Studies Centre, NU Prof. Dr. Lungsang Zeliang delivering her keynote address highlighted the present circumstances and practices of the various Naga communities and the government in conserving biodiversity in Nagaland.

The theme was deliberated over by two International speakers from Chiangmai University in Thailand Prof. Dr. Yos Santasombat on ‘Bio-diversity: Local Knowledge and sustainable development’ and Dr. Arratee Ayuttacorn on ‘Community-based Forest Management and Indigenous Knowledge of the Karen in Northern Thailand’. Associate Professor, Department of Education, NU Dr. Khotole Khieya, also spoke on ‘Community Efforts on Conservation and Management of the Environment in Nagaland’. The speakers were unanimous about the important role played by the community in environmental conservation and the protection of biodiversity. They also stressed the need for documentation of the forest wealth and on also on sharing of knowledge and experiences in this area as global citizens.

The lectures were followed by a video presentation on Bio-Diversity in Nagaland by the PG Students of the Department of Education, NU.

During the deliberation and discussion session, ideas, perspectives, methods, and techniques on how the Nagas and communities from Northern Thailand conserve and preserve biodiversity and local knowledge were exchanged.

The programme was chaired by Dr. Anu G.S, Assistant Professor Department of Education. Vote of thanks was pronounced by Dr. Neizo-ü Mero, Assistant Prof., Department of Education, NU.

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