Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Friday, July 1, 2022

Protecting a forest on a hill in Imphal

 

 

 

by Sanskrita Bharadwaj

 

 

  • Moirangthem Loiya Ngamba began growing plants on the Maru Langol hill range in Imphal around 20 years ago, transforming a once-dry 300-acre hill into a forest.

 

 

  • Each year, to prevent forest fires, Loiya and other volunteers create a fire line around the forest by making a gap in plantation or other combustible material that acts as a barrier to slow or stop the progress of a wildfire.

 

 

  • Northeast India has rich biodiversity, but the 2019 Indian State of Forest Report showed that the region witnessed a total decrease of around 765 sq km of forest cover, with Manipur suffering the highest loss of 499 sq km of forest cover.

 

 

 

 

Source: https://india.mongabay.com/2021/10/protecting-a-forest-on-a-hill-in-imphal/