Imphal: The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in collaboration with the Manipur Forest Department, Environmental Social Reformation & Sangai Protection Forum (ESRSPF), Unique Wildlife Protection Committee (UWLPC), Wildlife & Biodiversity Conservation Committee (WBCC) and local clubs distributed relief materials to at least 250 vulnerable households living around the Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) who are struggling during this tough time for daily subsistence due to Covid-19 lockdown, on Wednesday.
Project Research Fellow (Conservation Action Plan for Manipur’s Brow-antlered Deer: An Integrated Approach) Akoijam Santikumar Singh in a press release stated that the distribution was done in four different phases on April 30, May 1, May 5 and May 6 respectively which covered 26 fringe villages of the Park.
The vulnerable households were identified in consultation with local clubs and through socioeconomic data of the villages collected by the WII, the release stated.
The release also stated that the current initiative is being supported by groups of wildlife lovers across the country through voluntary donations and the relief materials were distributed door-to-door while maintaining the guidelines given for public hygiene and social distancing.
The release further stated that the countrywide lockdown which is being imposed in order to contain the spread of Covid-19 is one important step taken up by the government upon the matter. Though the lockdown has been successful in minimising the disease spread across the country, it has also been impacting lives of many people in almost every aspect, the release states.