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| Last Updated:: 21/10/2021

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.