IMPHAL: In regard to the long ongoing expedition of exploring wetland area throughout hills and valley by ABC, Discover Manipur and Development and Empowerment Voluntary Integration (DEVI), a press conference was held at the conference hall of the Directorate of environment on Wednesday.
Secretary of ABC Ch. Joykumar stated that under the policy of Manipur government’s Directorate of Environment & Climate change with Manipur state Wetland Authority, ABC, Discover Manipur and DEVI once again succeeded in exploring a wetland in Yonyer village, in Khoibu area of Tengnoupal district. He also stated altogether 39 lakes in the state have been shortlisted so far by the ministry under a conservation scheme. The principal objective of the scheme was holistic conservation and restoration of lakes and wetlands for achieving desired water quality enhancement, besides brining improvement in biodiversity and the ecosystem.
Narrating some of the hardships they had overcome in reaching those remote areas, he further explained about those admirable and exciting journeys till reaching the area where they explored a natural lake with a variety of wild creatures living together. They also witnessed trees grown near the lake being cut down by unknown miscreants.
Joykumar expressed concern over rights and responsibilities of stakeholders of wetland areas within hill and valley land of Manipur and thus sought the cooperation and coordination with better understanding of conserving the environment as one entity. He continued that the National Plan for Conserving Aquatic Ecosystem has added values in conserving wetland areas thus converting the areas into sites of eco-tourism and facilitating income generation. The NPCA provided a greater role throughout the state in management of wetland, taking into consideration that water and both land are state subject, he said.
Under NCPA a tentative list of 180 wetland areas including those in Manipur have been made for replication and up-scaling of wetland conservation and management. Preparation of brief documents, filling up of health cards, instituting wetland mitras and formulating integrated management plan are to be done for all wetlands of phase 2 as well, he concluded.