CORRESPONDENT TML, 6th Nov: While appreciating the initiatives taken up by Phalong villagers for the protection of rare wildlife species, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Territorial -II S Dhananjoy Singh has observed that Amur Falcons should be treated as guests who come to eat away harmful insects, termites which destroyed Rabi Crops.
He was speaking during the Village Level Amur Falcon Festival Cum Consultative Workshop organised by Western Forest Division, Tamenglong in association with Phalong Village Authority at Phalong village on Monday. It may be noted here that Phalong village was declared as Amur Falcon Village by the Government of Manipur in 2016.
Dhananjoy appealed to the villagers to cooperate with the government for any developmental activities. He further encouraged preservation of habitats of the rare wildlife species which are found in Tamenglong district apart from Amur Falcons. The government will take up many developmental projects for the welfare of the villagers who protect and defend the rich natural resources, he assured.
As a part of the festival, cultural dances were presented by different troupes and songs were performed by the villagers.
Certificates of Appreciation were also awarded to leaders and villagers of both Phalong and Aziuram villages by the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)-Raptors MOU, Abu Dhabi under UN Environment Programme in recognition of their commitments towards providing refuge and safe passage to all Amur Falcons during their migration period through Manipur.