Obensao Kikon comes from Wokha district in Nagaland. An ardent
jungle burner at one time, his stint as the chairperson
of the Market Federation of Nagaland changed his outlook, and
there has been no looking back ever since. His 615-ha land in
Wokha is full of teak and bamboo trees. He encourages plantation
of short-rotation species to help the local people meet their
fuelwood demands. Besides, he also heads the Kimpvur Valley
Multipurpose Cooperative Project Society comprising three villages.
What is his aim in life? To enhance the living standards of
the poor, he says.
His aim: to enhance the
living standards of poor people.
R S Jamir is the first Indian Police Service officer from Nagaland.
More importantly, he is the co-founder of the Luzheto Welfare
Society, a social forestry organisation. After the demise of
co-founder Hekiye Sema in 1998 he has been carrying forward
the work single-handedly. Although restricted to Luzheto village,
his work in regenerating the barren lands has helped people
live off the forests once again. As a sign of gratitude, villagers
have named a hill after him. He was at the right place
at the right time. We can never thank him enough, says
a villager on Jamir.
Tiameren Aier is a former state minister for industries and
also owner of teak and rubber plantations in Mokukchung district
of Nagaland. He is involved in educating people about the adverse
effects of jhum (shifting) cultivation. He has also started
a college where he plans to introduce environmental awareness
training to farmers and dropouts. Unfortunately, not many in
his hometown are aware of the green face of this