JORHAT, Dec 6 - The Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI) at Sotai on the outskirts here organized a three-day training programme recently for Meghalaya Government department officials and members of the society at ICAR Research Complex, North Eastern Hill Region, Umiam, Meghalaya.
A press note issued by RFRI stated that the subject matter of the training programme was 'Forestry in addressing livelihood issues of the people of north-eastern States.
The note mentioned that the objective of conducting the training sessions was to sensitise the various stakeholders on the linkage between forestry and livelihood, so that conservation and sustainable development can go together.
The note stated that 39 participants from different government departments of Meghalaya, like Agriculture, Soil and Water Conservation, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Industries and Commerce, Joint Forest Management Committees, NGOs members, students, teachers, media-persons participated in the training programme.
The training was sponsored by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.
BS Kharmawphlang, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Meghalaya, who inaugurated the training programme. In his address, Kharmawphlang stressed on the importance of forests for the people of Meghalaya, the note stated.
Kharmawphlang spoke about important issues like mining, jhum cultivation, deforestation and timber cutting.
He emphasized that certain portions of private forest land of Meghalaya has to be conserved as reserved forest for greater environmental protection, the note said.
RSC Jayaraj, Director, RFRI, welcomed all the gathering and explained the objectives behind the organising the training programme in Meghalaya.