The awareness programme on Forest Protection and Conservation was organised by Range Office Thoubal under the aegis of Thoubal Forest Division in association with Okeshwar Honeshwar Trust (OKHO) Langmeidong, Legal Aid Clinic Hiyanglam and Thoubal Khunou Apunba Meira Paibi Lup.
Prize distribution ceremony of the media campaign was held under the theme ‘Know Your Sanctuaries and Wetlands’, organised by the All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) at Manipur Press Club.
Amid the hardship faced by the people in Tamenglong hit by acute water scarcity, efforts are made to prevent shooting of birds and wild animals to save the rich biodiversity of the region.
An endangered species of turtle was released at the Dailong Biodiversity Heritage Site, which is located at Dailong village, about 12 km from the district headquarter.
Ginseng plants found in abundance in Ukhrul district of Manipur in Northeast India could be one of the viable alternatives to poppy plantation.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh distributed handicraft toolkits and agricultural machineries at City Convention Centre, in Imphal.
The Opposition MLA said in the House that the Forest and Environment department is not functioning efficiently.
Tamenglong district forest officer Kh Hitler Singh said that forest department alone cannot protect the forest.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said every Hydro-Electric Project (HEP) irrespective of the date of its commission, is under an obligation to release minimum water downstream.
The student federation threatens to shut down the forest department office.
Awangbou stressed that collective participation is needed for safeguarding the eco-system, which is also the basic principle of the forest department.
Environmentalists in Manipur, in conversation with IFP, pointed out the need to dig into the root cause of water problem, saying hill people are not responsible for degrading of forest areas that has destroyed water sources in the state.
In the dark and the rain, amidst the mocking frogs and the relentless night-bugs I prayed for morning light.