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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
20-December-2011 15:56 IST
Eco-System in NE States
Fragmentation of habitats is known to have adverse impact on biodiversity. Taking note of this in the North Eastern States, the Government has taken up a number of measures. These inter alia include the following:

(i) Documentation of plant and animal diversity of the north eastern States by the regional centres of the Botanical Survey in India and the Zoological Survey of India, respectively.

(ii) Biodiversity characterisation at the landscape level using satellite remote sensing in parts of North-eastern India jointly by the Department of Biotechnology and Department of Space in order to comprehensively map the bioresources, including providing population status of more than 1000 species.

(iii) Establishment of the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development in Imphal, Manipur in 2001 by Department of Biotechnology for development and sustainable utilization of bioresources through biotechnological interventions for socio-economic growth of the North-Eastern region.

(iv) Setting up of the North-Eastern Region-Biotechnology Programme Management Cell by Department of Biotechnology to effectively coordinate various programmes implemented in the region.

(v) Supporting of a number of research and development projects by the Government towards restoration of degraded habitats in the North Eastern region.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question by Shri Kumar Deepak Das in Rajya Sabha today.