SILONIJAN, Jul 28: Awareness cum Workshop on Biodiversity Management was organised by Biodiversity Management Committee, NE Range Silonijan at its office premises here today.
Biodiversity Management Committee general secretary also Ranger of NE Range Silonijan Pranab Teron, Lokhijan Baptist Church, Pastor Aaron Teron, Social worker Jackson Millik attended as resource persons.
Pastor Aaron Teron spoke that biodiversity found on Earth today is the result of approximately 3.5 billion years. Each species performs a particular function within an ecosystem. They can capture and store energy, produce organic material, decompose organic material, help to cycle water and nutrients throughout the ecosystem, control erosion or pests, fix atmospheric gases, or help regulate climate, Teron added.
Social worker Jackson Millik said that humans depend on functions performed by the world’s ecosystems. Ecosystems produce oxygen, purify and detoxify the air and water, store and cycle fresh water, regulate the climate, form topsoil, prevent erosion and flood damage, and produce raw materials, foods and medicines. Most of these ecosystem services cannot be replaced by human technology, at any cost. Biodiversity is the ‘library’ of species and genetic information that allows the Earth’s systems to function. He also encouraged the members that each individual should plant at least ten trees in a year.
Forest official elaborated that biodiversity is the amount of variety of life on earth. It is the number of different species of plants, animals, and micro-organisms. “Our biodiversity is very important to the well-being of our planet. Most of the tribal cultures, at least at some time, have recognized the importance of conserving natural resources. Many still do, but failed to conserve the environment,” said Pranab Teron.
The programme was chaired by Rolen Tisso and also attended by Langsomepi SGB Babu Teron, village headman Jecksing Ingti, Silonijan Correspondent, The Drongo Express Emmanuel Tisso and other dignitaries.