Imphal, June 5:
On the occasion of World Environment Day, which is observed widely across the State, the Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister Awangbow Newmai today released a 20 minute documentary film titled “Protected Areas of Manipur……the Wilderness Unexplored” produced by the Forest Department, Manipur under the Nature Learning Centre, National Mission on Himalayan Studies, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India.
M.H. Khan, Additional Chief Secretary; Kereilhouvi Angami, PCCF & HoFF; Dr. A.K. Joshi, Chief Wildlife Warden; Anurag Bajpai, Additional PCCF and Waikhom Romabai, DCF/ Research, Silviculture & Training Division and other senior officers of Government of Manipur were also present during the release of the documentary film. Another feature film “Tangjapham Upal” was also released during the function at the Forest Headquarter, Sanjenthong.
Speaking on the occasion, the Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister expressed his serious concerns on the protection and conservation of forests, environment and nature and highlighted ecological imbalances being created by human beings. He observed that natural calamities witnessed in the recent years is due to ecological imbalance caused due to destruction of the nature over the years, without understanding the close link and various contributions made by the nature in human life.
He also said the day is a reminder for each and every citizen of the State and the world to commit themselves to protect the human life and the nature. By protecting the nature, we will protect the human life and human race, he opined.
The Minister expressing happiness stated that he is fortunate that the Hon’ble Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has given him charge of the Forest Department and assured that he will work in close association with the department officials for the welfare of the State.
Regarding the release of the documentary film “Protected Areas of Manipur……the Wilderness Unexplored”, he conveyed his happiness on the production of documentary and observed that the film will show the people how much blessed is Manipur by nature. He expressed his firm commitment to take such actions which are necessary to preserve the nature in the State.
The documentary film focussed on all the National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Manipur which were notified under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 for conservation and protection of the endemic and endangered wild flora and fauna of the State. The film will introduce the viewers about the presence of the pristine forest, serene nature and unexplored wilderness in the State and create mass awareness. The film also reflects on Eco-tourism potential in these wild areas of the State.