By Sanjoy Choudhury and N Prasad
The author is Lecturer, Department of Geography, St. Edmund’s College, Shillong, firstname.lastname@example.org
Over exploitation, habitat loss and fragmentation threaten the biodiversity in the northeast region of India. Serious efforts have to be made by the government as well as the people to protect and conserve the vestiges of virgin forests that still remain in the most forested zone of the country.
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...