By: Addie Chiphang
Ukhrul, Nov 22:
Three days training for the Forest and Police Department of Ukhrul was held from 6th to 18th November 2023 at Divisional Forest Ukhrul Conference Hall, Ukhrul Headquarter.
The Wildlife Crime Prevention Training program was organised by the Wildlife Trust of India in collaboration with the Forest Department and Police Department of Manipur and supported by the Pangolin Crisis Fund, and Wildlife Conservation Network.
Qr. Rumthao said that the training was organized to highlight the concerns on wildlife crime and illegal wildlife trafficking particularly in Ukhrul district and the state in general and also to enhance the skill of frontline forest and police staff of Ukhrul district in the various aspects of wildlife crime prevention and to introduce ‘The Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Act, 2022’ Rumthao adds.
It may be mentioned that Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) is a leading Indian nature conservation organization committed to the service of nature. Its mission is to conserve wildlife and its habitat and to work for the welfare of individual wild animals, in partnership with communities and governments. WTI’s team of 150+ dedicated professionals works towards achieving its vision of a secure natural heritage of India. Since 1998, WTI has been working in PAs across the country to address the issues faced by India’s forests, wildlife, and other natural resources. To date, WTI has trained more than 18,000 frontline forest staff from 175 PAs.
The main resource persons of the training sessions were Dr. Pragatheesh A, Wildlife Inspector, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Eastern Region, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, and Mr. Monesh Singh Tomar, Senior Field Officer, Wildlife Crime Control Division, Wildlife Trust of India
The participants from the police and the forest department got hands-on training for wildlife crime investigation and wildlife offense report filing from the resource. personnel from Wildlife Trust of India.
The training was attended by S. Shanngam, DFO Ukhrul and his 11 forest officials, and Qr. Ringthing Hongchui, Additional SP, Ukhrul, and 10 Police Officials team.