TUNGJOY VILLAGE: AWARENESS DRIVE
A one day seminar on Global Warming and Climate Change was organised by the Tungjoy Youth and Student Organisation (TYSO) in collaboration with Centre for Indigenous Integrated Resource Development (CIIRD) under the aegis of Directorate of Environment, Government of Manipur on the 23rd July 2016 at Glory Hall, Tungjoy Village.
Dr.Braja Kumar, Deputy Director, Directorate of Environment, Government of Manipur while acknowledging the important role being played by the Tungjoy villagers as the main custodian of Barak River catchment area; cautionedthem against unnecessary felling of trees for their short term gains. He said that since adaptation to climate change is as important as maintaining a healthy and resilient ecosystem as well as achieving development priorities and improving the quality of life; we need to find ways to tackle the rapid changesoccurring due to climate change. He observe that there is no single solution to this but a combination of promoting conservation practices and restoration of ecosystems, development choices, adaptation actions and capacity buildingwhich will allow us to effectively address the issues of climate change.
Further he noted that in order to survive human beings not only need each other but also our ecosystem. Many of these impacts on ecological systems have cascading effects on socio, economic and health outcomes. He elaborated that those ecosystems consist of both living and non-living things. For example, water and air are non-living things while treesare living things. However, all of these components are necessary for human beings to survive. Understanding adaptation as part of ecosystem management and development requires balancing the focus of the biophysical risks associated with climate change along with specific risks and opportunities.This would help in addressing the issueof ecosystem and human well-being, capacity and long-term development.
He said that unnecessary felling of trees without replacing it not only increases the temperature but also cause erratic rainfalls in the region. A glaring example of how climate change over the years has affected the people can be seen from the lesser amount of rainfalls in the year 2014 and 2015 and excess rains in 2016 in the state.
Systematic planning and utilisation of land is crucial for conservation of natural resources and environment, he noted. Adaptation should not only be seen as a reaction to the changing climate but also as an opportunity to improve human and ecosystem well-being while building resilience. Implementing environmentally sound adaptation options would lead to measurably reduced vulnerability, improved resilience to future changes and higher potential for well-being, he concluded.