JavaScript must be enabled in order for you to use the Site in standard view. However, it seems JavaScript is either disabled or not supported by your browser. To use standard view, enable JavaScript by changing your browser options.

| Last Updated:09/08/2018

Latest News

Archive

International Day for Biodiversity widely celebrated

  

International Day for Biodiversity widely celebrated

International Day for Biodiversity widely celebrated

Source: Imphal Free Press.

IMPHAL | May 22 : Joining the rest of the world, the International Day for Biodiversity was celebrated in many districts of the state. In the state capital, the day was observed at the main gate of Kangla Palace, organised by Manipur Biodiversity Board in collaboration with People for Animals (PFA). During the observance, awareness on importance of biodiversity was given to the people through distribution of pamphlets and books. Tree saplings were also distributed to the participants who are mostly school and college students and visited Kangla as part of their excursion. The participants also included people who joined in the celebration while passing through the road. Moreover, dummy ‘Sangai’ were used to demonstrate the habitat of the animal in Keibul Lamjao National Park. Large television was also used to make the demonstration more effective to the people. The observance was attended by PCCF and HoFF, Kereilhouvi Angami and additional PCCF, Dr. Lokho Puni along with secretary and members of Manipur Biodiversity Board. It was also volunteered by members of PFA including women. In Jiribam, the day was celebrated at Division Office Complex, Uchathol, under the theme ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity’. The programme was organised by divisional forest officer (DFO) of Jiribam and sponsored by Manipur Biodiversity Board (MBB). The day is celebrated every year worldwide and this year it is also observed in the state at Jiribam district to create awareness among the students and the public on biodiversity, its importance, threats and its need for conservation. The celebration was attended by adhakshya, Kh. Janaki Devi as chief guest while DFO, Ch. Ibomcha Singh was the functional president and the guests of honour were assistant commandant of 7 IRB, A. Sadananda and honorary wild life warden, H. Rajen Kumar Singh. H. Rajen Kumar Singh said, “we need to maintain our eco-system as many of human activities disturbed the ecological balance.” Many plants and animals are in endangering stage due to human interventions, he added. He also briefed about the major roles to be played by human being to preserve and protect ecology. Kh. Janaki Devi said that many birds and plants which she saw during her childhood have been vanished nowadays, which is a matter of concern about the extinction of many birds and animals in Jiribam district. She continued that everybody has a role to play and everybody must take up the initiative to preserve the biodiversity hotspots. She further encouraged the youth to continue their dedication towards the protection and conservation of the biodiversity for the brighter future of the earth. Ch. Ibomcha Singh expressed his happiness for the huge participation of people in the celebration. Mentioning about the theme of celebration, he said that the theme was chosen to mark the 25th anniversary of the convention on biological diversity and to highlight the progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels. The International Day for Biodiversity was also held at Dailong diversity village of Tamenglong district. The programme was organised by Forest Division Tamenglong under the aegis of Manipur Biodiversity Board, government of Manipur. Chief medical officer and honorary wildlife warden, Dr. Chambo Gonmei attended as chief guest while president of Dailong Diversity Management Committee, RH Gonmei was the president of the function. Honorary wildlife warden, Nehemiah Panmei, range forest officer, Kh. Hitler Singh and chairman of Dailong Village Authority, Keijinbui Gonmei shared the dais as guests of honour. Dr. Chambo Gonmei said that now days many village have come to know the importance of preservation of forest and protection of flora and fauna in the district. He mentioned that hunting down of wild life cannot be banned completely in hills like Tamenglong. He also thanked God for providing abundant beautiful biodiversity. With an aim to reduce cutting of trees for firewood, around fuel saving devices were distributed to each of the 20 low income families of Dailong village. Two binoculars along with a guide book on protection of wild life were also given to Dailong Youth Club and Dailong Village Authority. As part of the programme, tree saplings were also planted in and around Dailong Baptist Church complex. Moreover, Kangpokpi joined the state in observing the day at Bishnulal Government High School, Charhajare, organised by divisional forest officer of Kangpokpi Forest Division under the aegis of Manipur Biodiversity Board. It was attended by chief conservator of Forests, Territorial-I, Th. Mohendra Pratap Singh as chief guest while conservator of Forests, Northern Forest Circle, L. Lukhoi Singh and associate professor of GP Women’s College, Imphal, Sanjoy Ningthoujam attended as president and guest of honour respectively. It was attended by DFO of Kangpokpi, Esther Laltankim Serto, RFO of Kangpokpi, Ph. Sanayaima Sharma and RFO of Saikul, L. Jugindro Singh. Plantation of seedlings within the school campus and its distribution to the students was the main programme of the celebration.