Times News Network: A national consultation on delineation of boundary and preparation of a feasibility document on Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape (BSL) was convened by the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, NE unit , here recently.
Inaugurating the programme, state chief secretary H K Paliwal appreciated the efforts of the institute and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development for the proposed trans-boundary conservation initiative. A well-designed strategy would boost the conservation initiatives and help promote development, he said.
P K Samal, scientist in charge of GN Pant Institute, said the Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape is one of the most intact and rich trans-boundary biodiversity landscapes of the Eastern Himalayas shared by three countries – India, China and Myanmar. It is also the meeting ground of three global biodiversity hotspots -Himalaya, Indo-Burma and Mountains of Southwest China – he said. The landscape has a cluster of eight important protected areas, including the Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape and the rich biodiversity there are facing numerous conservation and development challenges. To address some of these issues, he said the Brahmaputra Salween Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative is being launched by the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development for which the GB Pant Institute has been identified by the Centre as the focal institute in lndia, a press release said here on Wednesday. Paliwal said it is necessary to reorient afforestation programme and stressed on sound inventorization of biological diversity which would help assess the vulnerability of medicinal and aromatic plants, their conservation and use without over-exploiting them.
Principal chief conservator of forest Omkar Singh said the proposed trans-boundary initiative has potential to enhance regional cooperation in conservation efforts.
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