Imphal: Around 2,000 seedlings were planted in Kangpokpi district of Manipur during a mass plantation programme conducted on World Environment Day.
Kangpokpi Forest Division organised the plantation programme near Toribari at the Kanglatongbi-Kangpokpi Reserve Forest. The plantation programme was participated by Kengoo Zuringla, deputy commissioner, Kangpokpi; district level officers and civil society organisations of the district.
Till this season, the Kangpokpi Forest Division has successfully planted 12,000 seedlings near Toribari area and plans to continue it till the plantation season.
World Environment Day is observed every year on June 5 as declared by United Nations General Assembly in 1972. It was established to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. The day which was first observed in 1974, is observed across the world to raise awareness on conservation and protection of the environment and to describe the importance of Mother nature.
The theme for 2022 World Environment Day is “Only One Earth” and is hosted by Sweden. It calls for collaborative, transformative initiative to celebrate, protect and restore our planet, promoting sustainable living everywhere and acting on the climate crisis. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first global environment summit launch.
Ganesh Nagarajan, divisional forest officer, Kangpokpi requested all the district level officers, civil society organisations and general public to conserve the forest and environment. He insisted that protection of existing forests needs top priority. He also urged everyone to respect the government notified forests and gave a clarion call to protect the forests of Kangpokpi for a better future.