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Native species must be protected at all costs: Th. Bhogen

 Source: Imphal Free Press

 

Dignitaries during the Earth Day celebration at the hall of ICM, Lamphelpat

Dignitaries during the Earth Day celebration at the hall of ICM, Lamphelpat

IMPHAL | Apr 22

 “This has been a well known fact that the numbers of many native and indigenous species have significantly reduced or simply died out, only to be dominated by species brought in from outside. Let the observation of World Earth Day with the theme, “Protect Our Species” become meaningful. Let us protect the native species of the State.” This was stated by deputy director, department of Environment, Th. Bhogen while speaking on the observation of World Earth Day on the theme, “Protect Our Species” organised by The Women and Earth (WE) and Institute of Cooperative Management (ICM) at the hall of ICM, Lamphelpat. He further said the theme of this year says that species must be protected. The people must know which species needs protection, he added.  Manipur is rich in diversity and all types of forests are found in the State, he said. Therefore, any wild plants, trees or animals can easily adapt in the existing environment of the State, he further said. “The theme ‘Protect Our Species’ means that we should protect the species of our own land,” he added. Though many plants are being planted in Manipur, they have not been properly identified. People have now realised about the massive unwanted affects of planning eucalyptus in the State, he added.  He further said that the native Ngamu (lata fish) has been dominated by imported ones.  Many native plants such as ‘Nurahei’, ‘Heiranggoi’, ‘Heitroi’ and ‘Huiyen’ are no longer known by the present generation, he maintained. The UN wants these species of plants and animals to be protected.  The environment department has done what it can to plant ‘Nurahei’ at many places, he said. What has become a matter of concern, is that there is an ongoing trend to plant China Teak in a large scale in the State, he said. This tree grows really fast and it is planted as an avenue tree in other countries. But in Manipur, this tree is planted at gardens and many other areas. This will in turn, give adverse effects to the native plants, he added.  Many native species of plants which were used by the forefathers during rituals, are dying out, he said.  Coordinator ENVIS, directorate of environment, Dr. L. Bijen asserted to provide funding on the plantations to make a green nation.  The occasion was attended by director ICM, Dr. N. Ranjana Devi, CMD Thangjam Agro Industries Private Limited, Th. Joykumar and advisor, The Women and Earth, Prof. N. Mohendro. Meanwhile, 39th World’s Earth Day was also observed today at Laishram Mani Memorial English Academy, Kongba Dhobi Lampak under theme “Protect Our Species” organised by Students’ Union of Kangleipak (SUK). Delivering his speech as chief guest of the function, pradhan Uchekon Nongpok gram panchayat, Nongmaithem Jadumani said that planet earth cannot be survived only by human beings. All the creatures living in this ecosystem are interdependent to each other. So we should inculcate a habit of preserving every living things, he said. Other dignitaries who attended the function were principal LMMEA, Laishram Jotin, associate professor, department of Chemistry Standard College, Keisham Sobharani and president SUK, Nongthombam Gobin Meitei as guests of honour and president respectively. As a part of the Earth Day observance, five days awareness cum cleanliness drive will be conducted.