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Nagaland forests face destruction

January 23, 2011

Mourng Express


Towards the south-eastern part of Nagaland, a big problem looms. A problem least thought about by most people; nonetheless, is a grave one.  Meluri, a subdivision under Phek district, is one of the remotest places in Nagaland. The land inhabited predominantly by the Pochury tribe extends until the border of Myanmar. This region’s forests are home to an abundance of flora and fauna, unmatched by any other part of Nagaland. The people here consider the forests a community heritage. But nature’s bounty is slowly being reduced to patches of bare land. Deforestation has become the biggest threat to the people of this region.

The ultimate result of deforestation has been a major decrease in biodiversity. Deforestation has slowly destroyed natural habitats for animals in this region. Many animals found in the forest have disappeared. One Pochury hunter said earlier a variety of animals and birds like elephants, chimpanzees and peacocks could be spotted in the forest. They are no longer visible. Several water sources have also dried up, he said.

Deforestation is being discussed among many people but there is very little solution being offered. The region, which could have well become a hotspot for nature lovers, is slowly becoming a reflection of the rest of Nagaland, a state that has lost nearly 70% of its forest cover.

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Keywords: Asia, biodiverty, deforestation, India, Nagaland

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