Meghalaya, which is a part of the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, harbours: James

Shillong, Nov 15: The Meghalaya Biodiversity Board today organised a one day Capacity Building Workshop for the Officials of Forests and  Environment Department Government of Meghalaya on the topic “Implementation of the provisions of Biological Diversity Act, 2002 with special emphasis on Enforcement Matters and Access and  Benefit Sharing (ABS) in the state of Meghalaya”, at the Conference Hall, Sylvan House, Shillong.

The Valedictory Session was graced by Meghalaya Forest & Environment Minister, Shri James P K Sangma as the Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion, Shri James P K Sangma lauded the Meghalaya Biodiversity Board for coming up with this initiative which will enhance the performances of the officials of the state.

Stating that it is important to take lessons from the recent alarming situation that the Covid-19 pandemic created, it also served its purpose for mother-nature in which many mundane things were undone for the better and it gives the time to introspect about the relationship human beings have had with the environment all this while.

It reminds us of the profound consequences on our own well-being and survival that can result from continued biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystems, he added. Shri Sangma stated that Meghalaya, which is a part of the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, harbours a rich and diversified flora and fauna.

The region is in the middle of significant changes which are causing extreme temperature changes and erratic rainfall patterns over the last few years which affect agriculture, livelihoods and the health of the people, he added.

Shri Sangma stressed on the need to raise awareness on reforestation strategies and improving forest management in order to meet the objectives with regard to halting biodiversity loss and protecting the ecosystems.

He also urged upon the stakeholders to start looking at biological diversity not only as a tangible resource for economic benefits but also to conserve and protect biological resources and the services it gives in intangible terms that sustain our lives.

On the occasion, the chief guest also released the Meghalaya Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (MBSAP) 2017-2030, books “Flowering Plants of Meghalaya: A pictorial Guide, Part -1” and “Bamboos of Meghalaya”. The minister distributed the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) fund to Singwilgre BMC, Selsella Block, West Garo Hills District.


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