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A two-day training programme on combating wildlife trafficking began at the conference hall of the State Forest Department in Imphal, the capital city of Manipur on Monday.

The training programme on combating wildlife trafficking has been jointly organized by wildlife wing of the State Forest Department with Bengaluru based wildlife conservation society and wildlife crime control bureau, ministry of environment, forest and climate change.

The formal inaugural function of the training programme was attended by the additional chief secretary (Forest and Environment) Dr Suhel Akhtar, principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF) and head of forest force Kereilhouvi Angami and former PCCF (wildlife) Assam D P Bankhwal.

Speaking on the occasion, additional chief secretary (Forest and Environment) Dr Suhel Akhtar said that the training materials which are supposed to share to the trainee officers are very good and expressed the hope it will certainly help them in expediting the necessary activities in conserving the wildlife.

Expressing the need to spread more awareness on the wildlife, the senior government official opined that important sections of the society including the people’s representatives should be made known about the sustainable development while maintaining the biodiversity.

In his speech, PCCF and head of state, forest force K Angami asked the trainee officers to have the commitment while taking up the responsible activities in conserving the wildlife for a better and sustainable life. “We would be able to achieve if we’ve the commitment,” he said.

Former PCCF (Wildlife) Assam, Bankhwal who is one of the resource persons in the training programme, also spoke on the occasion.

The other remaining resource persons of the training which was attended by more than two dozen divisional forest officers and range officers, are S Kudalkar, MI Varghese and Kieth Varghese.The training will continue till Tuesday.

Sobhapati Samom

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at:

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