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Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, December 05 2018: State Climate Change Cell, Manipur, Principal Investigator and Directorate of Environment Deputy Director, Dr T Brajakumar gave a lecture on the degrading environment and climate and the impact on wildlife, nature and people, during the COP24 talk which is being held at Karowice, Poland, yesterday.

Indian Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan also tabled a report titled 'The climate change vulnerability assessment for Himalayan States' during the convention which began from December 3.During the convention, Dr T Brajakumar spoke on 'Vulnerability and risk assessment in the Indian Himalayan region under the National Mission for sustaining the Himalayan eco-system-Manipur State' .

He said that Manipur is mostly covered in forest and is rich in bio-diversity.

As per the ISFR 2017 report, the forest area in the State have grown to around 263 square kilometres which is around 1.18 percent of the total land area of the State.

The report also explained that the carbon stock of Manipur is 183.091 million tons which is around 2.02 percent of the total forest carbon stock of the State.

The report also predicts that by 2030, the carbon stock of Manipur will be 148 .

204 million tonnes, Dr Brajakumar explained.

Speaking on the impact of environmental degradation in Manipur during the convention, Dr Brajakumar said that the rate of occurrence of natural calamities like flood, drought and landslides etc have increased rapidly in the State.

Around 3-4 floods occur every year in Manipur which lay waste to around 50-60 percent of the farmlands of the State, he explained adding that this often leads to huge inconveniences for the farmers and the agriculture sector as a whole.

He continued that during the last 30 years, the various districts of the State experienced rainfall of around 50 mm for 360 days, 51-100 mm for 27 to 74 days while 100 mm and above rainfall was experienced for 1 day, adding that the State Government is working tirelessly to combat the menace of environment degradation.


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