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New wetland discovered in Tengnoupal district

 February 27, 2020

Source: Imphal Free Press


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A new wetland has been discovered in Manipur by a team consisting of members from Affairs of Benign Centre (ABC), Discover Manipur and Development and Employment of Voluntary Integration (DEVI) in Tengnoupal district during an exploration trip which began on February 23.

The lake named, ‘Chingkhan Wetland’ was discovered by the team during ‘Exploration Chingkhan (Isingthingbi) wetland, Yoner Village Khoibu Area, Tengnoupal district’ organised under the initiative of Directorate of Environment and Climate Change and Manipur State Wetland Authority.

Speaking in a press conference held at the directorate of environment and climate change conference hall, ABC Discover Manipur secretary, Ch Joykumar Sharma said that the discovery is great success for the department as well as Manipur. The wetland was naturally formed after occurrence of landslides on the hills, he said.

The wetland is about 40 metre wide and length up to 200 metres, he informed.

The team when reaching Chingkhan Yoner village from Khoibu village, the villagers expressed that the trip would take at least 3-4 days and it would be a difficult journey, he said. The villagers were not willing to extend any guidance or support at all despite being requested, he added.  However, the team managed to go deeper in the hills by passing through dangerous paths, rocks and forest etc., he informed.

“But when the team finally reached the wetland, we were thrilled and extremely happy, he said. Different kinds of birds and animals were found habituating but there were sign of deforestation as trees were being cut down, he added.

DEVI secretary, GA Naocha stated that ‘Chingkhan Wetland’ has all the features to be recognised as a wetland as per criteria set by RAMSAR convention, 1971.

He lauded the members of the team and the department for making the trip successful and expressed his thanks to the DGP office, IGP E Priyokumar for alerting the people concerned.