NCCF joins the Nation and Forest Fraternity in commemorating the National Forest Martyrs Day; 11 September 2021
Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (www.nccf.in) joins the Nation and forest fraternity in observing the National Forest Martyrs Day on 11 September 2021, to pay rich tributes to the brave forest personnel who laid down their lives in order to protect the forests and wildlife across the country, on the call of their duty.
September 11 signifies a very important landmark in the history of India’s environmental movement, as on this very day in 1730, in a tiny desert village near Jodhpur, 363 Bishnoi people led by a brave woman Amrita Devi resisted the cutting down of khejri ( Prosopis cineraria) trees, among others, by the king’s men, preferring instead to lay down their own lives rather than allow the desecration of their environment. In 2013, the Department of
Environment and Forests declared September 11 as National Forest Martyrs Day. This saga of supreme sacrifice has had a cascading effect in terms of more recent environmental movements across India, notably the Chipko Andolan.
NCCF, a society of experts, professionals, and stakeholders, holds the protectors of forests and wildlife in high esteem and reiterates its commitment to actively promote Sustainable Forest Management, Protection of Wildlife, and Biodiversity Conservation.