Forests | VOL. 11, ISSUE 66, May-June 2011 |

Forests of the Northeast

The eight states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura - the northeast region of India, constitute one of the 18 recognised biodiversity hotspots of the world. Occupying 7.7 per cent of India’s geographical area the northeast contains more than one third of the country’s total biodiversity. Of increasing concern is the region’s shrinking greenery and degrading ecosystems. Reasons cited for such destruction are: Conversion of forests into agricultural land with growing demand for food, Reducing...

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