State To Consult Experts For Protecting Keibul Lamjao

IMPHAL, Jun 18: Taking note of the expert opinion on the threat posed to the natural habitat of brow-antlered deer, Sangai from rampant growth of a type of grass known as Para Grass in Keibul Lamjao National Park, Department of Forest & Environment, Government of Manipur has decided to rope in the service of Wild Life Institute of India to verify the matter. The Department has taken up the step...

7 Manipur Fish Species Declared Endangered

IMPHAL, April 2 – Global environmental network International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed 15 fish species including seven from Manipur as ‘Endangered’ freshwater fish species. This was stated in their recently released Red list of threatened species report on the status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in Eastern Himalaya which covers the entire NE States and...

Dubious Record For Imphal With Highest SPM In NE, State Focus Shifts To Wetland Areas

IMPHAL, Mar 28: The Union Planning Commission has expressed deep concern over a survey report published by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) which re-cords Imphal as having the highest amount Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) among the cities of North East region. Meanwhile, the State Government, in view of the global climate change, has geared up to focus its attention on preserving wetlands...

Alien Plant Species Found In Manipur

IMPHAL, Mar 26: As a result of the global climatic change which became very grave in the last two decades, a number of unknown plants of alien species have been discovered in Manipur. On the other hand, researchers have an apprehension that rice productivity of Manipur would fall by 40 per cent by 2085. Meanwhile, in accordance to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Forest and Environment for...

Firewood Use Depletes Forests

Image via Wikipedia IMPHAL: The Manipur forest department’s effort to conserve the green cover has been thwarted by the state’s dependence on firewood for cooking. Statistics available at the state forest department said about 85.5 per cent of the total population of 24 lakh people of Manipur are dependent on firewood and charcoal collected from the forests for cooking at home and roadside eateries...

Defiling Our Own Eco-System

Ferruginous Duck - they are listed at Loktak Lake as Near-threatened The species is known colloquially by birders as "Fudge Duck". Every year particularly during the winter months of November, December and January, every day flocks of Uroks (white fowl) and geese would fly over crossing our house, which is located very close to Sangaipat in Imphal East, now Sangaipat Seri-Project. Whenever...

Decaying Vegetable Matter Threatens Manipur`s Loktak Lake

Phumdi barrier at Loktak Lake. Image Credit: indiawaterportal.org IMPHAL, Feb 18: Known as the only floating lake in the world, Manipur`s Loktak lake is facing a threat due to the huge decaying vegetable matter floating on the water. The unique fresh water lake faced a threat to its existence due to infestation of the floating vegetable waste as seen on satellite image, an assessment study by the Ahmedabad-based...

Brisk Business Of Rhino Horns In Dimapur

After having its horn cut off by poachers an Indian rhino slowly dies. Image Credit: Bibhab Talukdar of Aaranyak of Assam. GUWAHATI: The commercial hub of Nagaland is doing brisk business by smuggling rhino horns to South-East Asian countries. From poachers to forest officials, all fingers unwaveringly point to Dimapur whenever somebody asks “What’s going on?” The horns of majority...

Migratory Birds On The Wane

A member of the survey team (inset) tries to capture images of migratory birds. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, Feb 2: There has been a significant decline in the number of migratory birds coming to Loktak Lake this year. The exact rate of decline, however, may be known in the next couple of days. Under the supervision of Wild Life Wing of the Forest Department, Government of Manipur, a team of...

Wetlands Day Observed

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Pledges to preserve and protect the Loktak Lake marked the 40th World Wetlands Day observance held today at moral Guidance School, Komlakhong. Under the sponsorship of Environment and Ecology Wing (Govt of Manipur), the observance function was co-hosted by Indian national Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage Manipur Chapter, Environment and Human Development (Manipur), Manipur Association...