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Volume 2 Issue1 May 2010
A quarterly newsletter on environment and biodiversity of North East India
A joint publication of Environ, Guwahati (Assam) and NECEER, Imphal (Manipur)
ISSN 0976-3589
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Balanophora dioica
Photo: Lunminlal Kipgen
Designed, layout and printed by
Khuraijam Jibankumar Singh
Dear Readers,We are happy to present the 1
issue of Vol. 2 of Ecotone.It was your support and encouragement that constantlyraised our moral. We would require that in near futuretoo.The very recently concluded South Asian Association forRegional Cooperation(SAARC) summit at Thimphu,turned out to be more of an environmental summit of theheads of states and will pave the way for a green and happy South Asia. Many of the people are though skep-tical over the enthusiasm of the head of the states and there remains a long history of the flounder decision of SAARC. The 2007 Dhaka summit had come up with theClimate Change action plan and it was the third meetingof Environment Minister at Maldives in 1997 where theSAARC Action Plan on Environment was adopted butwhen it comes to the implementation part, most of themember states are still to act on it. But we have to hope-ful as the decision on establishing the SAARC Inter-governmental Monsoon Initiative on the evolving patternof monsoons to assess vulnerability due to climatechange, SAARC Inter-governmental Mountain Initiativeon mountain ecosystems and SAARC Inter-governmental Marine Initiative will definitely help insharing knowledge on various issues of these criticalecosystems.
Editorial Board
Kripaljyoti Mazumdar
Managing Editor
Khuraijam Jibankumar Singh
Associate Editors
Kalpana ThaoroijamNavanath Saharia
Assistant Editors
 Bidyut Bikash SarmaMohd. Sajid IdrisiChinmoy Choudhury
ADVISORY BOARDDr. Vishwas Chavan
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)Denmark
Dr. Hemant K. Badola
G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment &Development, Sikkim Unit, Gangtok, Sikkim
Prof. Abhik Gupta
Dept. of Ecology and Environmental ScienceAssam University, Silchar, Assam
Dr. Swapna Prabhu
Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS),Mumbai, Maharashtra
Mr. Amarjyoti Kashyap
President, Environ, Guwahati, Assam
 Kripaljyoti Mazumdar
Editor-in-chief, Ecotone
All rights reserved © Environ & NECEERFor any enquiries please contact:
Kripaljyoti Mazumdar
, Editor-in-chief 
Khuraijam Jibankumar Singh
, Managing EditorE-mail:
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Green News
Green News _______________________________________________________________________________ 42.
- a rare and endangered plant found in North East IndiaLunminlal Kipgen and Khuraijam Jibankumar Singh _____________________________________ 63.
Coal resource potentials, utilisation possibilities, environmental implications and eco-friendly mining of North East IndiaKiranmay Sarma ___________________________________________________________________________ 94. Conservation of Endangered Phayre’s leaf langur (
Trachypithecus phayrei
) in degraded habi-tat of southern Assam, IndiaKripaljyoti Mazumdar ____________________________________________________________________ 145. Status and Conservation of Slow Loris
in Northeast IndiaAwadhesh Kumar and Ashalata Devi _____________________________________________________ 186.
Spandan, the bip: Web based platform for biodiversity inventory by people.Neha Singh, Gurushant Upase, Khuraijam Jibankumar Singh
and Vishwas Chavan __ 217.
Swertia chirayita
, a high value endangered medicinal herb: potential in north-east IndiaBharat K. Pradhan and Hemant K. Badola _______________________________________________ 24
Protecting the Wetlands
Sir,Wetlands, as ecosystem contributes to both diver-sity conservation and human well being. However,the sorry state of affairs is that the wetlands are onthe verge of destruction; the sooner we act itwould be better. I would like to share with my ecofriends some practical suggestions for protectingour wetlands, which I found while browsing good books on environment and internet. With thesesimple and effective steps, we can contribute a lotfor protecting our wetlands:1.
Construction of Nest Boxes: If nest boxesare constructed in and within the wet-lands, it shall not only provide shelter tomigratory birds, but will help to boostwetlands tourism, providing platform tosave the wetlands.2.
Buffer or Greenbelts: Maintaining a ve-getative buffer or green belt will protectwetlands from adjacent human activities.3.
Fencing: Wired fencing can be done tosave the wetland from encroachment.4.
Exotic Species Plantation: Plantation of exotic species within the wetland, willnot only add to the conservation of wet-lands but also the exotic plants5.
Creating Awareness: Awareness aboutwetlands should be spread by holdingmini exhibitions within schools and col-lege campus.So sir, through your esteemed newsletter I amdrawing the attention of youths of the N.E. regiontowards these simple yet effective steps for pro-tecting our wetlands from destruction. I hope thatmy minimal contribution can protect my environ-ment from further destruction.
Deepshikha Pathak
Library and Information AssistantNational LibraryKolkata -700 027e-mail: deepshikhapathak@gmail.com
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