Today, World Environment Day 2016 celebrated at MFDC, Imphal with a UN theme “GO WILD FOR LIFE” and slogan “Zero Tolerance For the Illegal Wildlife Trade”.
Department of Forests & Environment, Govt. of Manipur observed this day by joining hand with various departments and NGOs in Manipur.
Shri I. Hemochandra Singh, Hon’ble Minister (Forests & Envt., Revenue, Law & Legislative Affairs),Shri Shambhu Singh, IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary, Govt. of Manipur, Shri P.N. Prasad, IFS, PCCF & HOFF, Govt. of Manipur, Shri K. Angami, IFS, PCCF (Wildlife), Govt. of Manipur and Dr M. Homeshwor Singh, Director, Directorate of Environment, Govt. of Manipur present at the function as Chief Guest, President & Guests of Honour, respectively.
Dr. M. Homeshwor Singh, Director, Directorate of Environment stated that World Environment day celebration is to raise global awareness about the significance of healthy environment and to solve various environmental issues by implementing actions to protect Nature and Earth, leading to a positive healthy environment for all.
On this occasion, ENVIS Centre, Manipur highlights the endangered species in Manipur, namely
Sangai, the Manipur Brow-antlered Deer(Rucervus eidii eidii, Mc Clleland) and also State Animal of Manipur was declared extinct in 1951. Currently Sangai is awarded as endangered by IUCN, listed Appendix-I by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endengered Species) and included in Schedule-I under Wild Life (Protection) Act.
Nongngin (Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant, Syrmaticus humiae)State Bird of Manipur is greatly endangered. Besides its rare occurrence they are facing the onslaught of the hunters and man-made calamities.
Uningthou (Tectona grandis) State Tree of Manipur
Shirui Lily (Lilium mackliniae) State flower of Manipur
The dignitaries of today’s observation function stated the increasing importance of the need for conserving and protecting the environment as global warming and climate change has become a reality and that the drastic changes in the temperature and climate has caused widespread and life threatening damages the world over. Protecting and conserving wildlife by preventing illegal wildlife trade is vital in trying to rebuild the damaged balance of the ecosystem, and saving the future. Saplings of various indigenous plants were also distributed by the Chief Guest as a part of the observation function.