Saturday, November 20, 2010

A step to clean up PET Bottle junk from City

Deputy Commissioner of capital Complex, Itanagar Dr. S B Deepak Kumar formally inaugurated much needed PET Bottle Collection Programme from DC office premises on 14th September with an aim to make PET bottle free city. ENVIRON a reputed organization and already working on Solid Waste Management in city, now gear up to make city free from plastic wastes, for this ENVIRON organized a group of rag pickers and they will take up the collection process from roadside, drains and garbage bins. It has been observed that tons of plastic waste dumps near roadside, in drains and garbage bins which creating unhygienic environment. Not only this it quality of non biodegradable, these product becoming massive concern for human race because of this feature which date orating the quality of soil for now and also for many hundred years. The alternative option to least its impact on soil is to recycle, hence its need man power to collect these bottles, even this provide an opportunity for people living in marginal per capita income to earn extra amount by collecting and selling this product to recycling factories. In other hand we can generate money from waste product.

Whole PET Bottle Collection Programme will be carried out under the close supervision of ENVIRON in association with District Administration. On an average at least fifty kilos of PET bottles are collected per day from different part of the city. This small figure indicates in what average plastic bottle waste is raising and need to take up serious step to keep city clean from such junk. To support this programme district administration handed over two hand cart to ENVIRON for the rag pickers. To begin with firstly the collection was carried out from DC office premise. In region, still there is a need of awareness among the people, such as to use litterbins and to change its careless attitude or behavior of the people throwing anything in anywhere which cause dirtiness in surrounding. Until we change our habit or behavior we cannot save our environment.

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Kripaljyoti Mazumdar
e-mail: kripaljyoti@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

ENVIRON launched Waste management programme at Itanagar Capital Complex


Guwahati- based NGO ENVIRON has said it is planning to set up a waste recycling plant in Itanagar. Environ’s president Amarjyoti Kashyap informed during a community awareness programme for women and housewives at D Sector here today that besides contributing to cleanliness the plant would generate employment opportunities for hundreds in the capital complex. The programme was sponsored by NABARD. Circle officer Habung Lampung, who also participated in the programme, said people’s cooperation is necessity in the administration’s move to give the capital complex a facelift. The Government departments alone cannot be expected to be able to keep the capital clean, he said.

Lapung urged the NGO to provide training to the women here in solid waste management, segregating biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, etc. D Sector development Welfare committee general secretary Tara Yorna Thomas also sought people’s cooperation with the administration in keeping the capital clean. Meanwhile , City deputy commissioner Padmini Singla along with additional district magistrate Tolo Potom and others today visited government offices and various sector in contribution of the administration’s capital facelift’ drive. The DC has said the administration would take strong action against those carrying out unauthorized excavation on the road side and feeling trees in the capital complex. Potom later participate another awareness meeting held by Environ at A Sector here.

(Courtesy: Aruanchal Front, a state daily from Itanagar, 30th May 2010)

Kripaljyoti Mazumdar
Coordinator, Division of Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation
ENVIRON, 60, L.N.B. Road, Hatigaon, Guwahati-781006
Ph: 09436633121

Sunday, June 6, 2010

World Environment Day 2010 Celebrated by ENVIRON in Parijat Academy (Pamohi, Near Deepor Beel) and B. Borooah College, Guwahati supported by ASTEC





The World Environment Day 2010 was celebrated by ENVIRON, a prominent group of Northeast India engaged in conservation of nature and biodiversity simultaneously in B. Borooah College Guwahati-07 and Parijat Academy, Guwahati-35 with this year’s theme ‘Many Species, One Planet, One Future’ with the financial support from Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC).

In Parijat Academy the programme was conducted in collaboration with Panchtatva, Gauhati University. The programme commenced with the elaboration of the significance of the World Environment Day and this year’s theme by Mr. Kripaljyoti Mazumdar, Coordinator, Division of Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation, ENVIRON. Mr. Uttam Teron, Principal, Parijat Academy, welcome all the students and urged them to work for conservation of nature and natural resources. Then after, an Extempore Speech Competition was organized among the students. Ms. Trishna Sarma, Researcher, Department of Zoology, Gauhati University and Mr. Kaustubh Rakshit of ENVIRON coordinated the competition among the students. Mr. Kripaljyoti Mazumdar, Ms. Trishna Sarma and Mr. Kaustubh Rakshit on behalf of ENVIRON handed over a bundle of 17 books on various environmental and popular science including two Science Dictionaries to Mr. Teron for the Library, Parijat Academy. The programme concluded with a Vote of thanks from Mr. Teron and with the word that in future too ENVIRON will conduct such environmental workshop for children in near future too.

World Environment Day celebration programme at B. Borooah College Guwahati was organized by Environ in collaboration with SYNAPSE, B. Borooah College and Panchatatva, Gauhati University. The programme gets off the ground with a plantation programme by Dr. Dinesh Baishya, Principal B. Borooah College and a Drawing competition programme among the school students. Dr. Baishya delivered a talk on the Water scarcity & environmental damage caused by Open Cast Mining in Patkai region. Mr. Bidyut Bikash Sharma of Panchatatva, Gauhati University discussed about the Climate change issues in India. A documentary film on Environmental issue was also screened in the afternoon and Mr. Kripaljyoti Mazumdar of ENVIRON spoke on the role of youth in mitigating & challenging Climate change scenario during the evening hour discussion.


(Press release, ENVIRON)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Ten-point action plan set to fight climate change

ENVIRON, an environmental management group, has come up with a ten-point action for combating climatic change at individual and community level. These include changing electric bulbs to compact fluorescent light (CFLs) bulbs to save energy; turning off unneeded lights; avoiding solid waste dumping to minimize the emission of green house gases; going organic and avoiding chemical pesticides; and buying recycled products to save energy and resource.
ENVIRON organized a one-day workshop to observe the World Earth Day on Thursday under the National Environment Awareness Campaign programme sponsored by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. Around 200 climate student activists gathered at the Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, and took an oath to work towards combating and minimizing the effects of climate change with the theme ‘Let us unite to combat climate change.’
imate change. Kripaljyoti Mazumdar, coordinator, Division of Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation, ENVIRON, gave a talk on the individual efforts that youths and students can take up for combating the change.
In the interactive session, students raised concerns about the local effects that are manifesting in the present-day world with regard to climate change. The concluding session was an oath-taking ceremony where students took the pledge to undertake all-possible efforts with other youths of the region to combat climate change.
Presiding over the workshop, Prof UC Goswami spoke about climate change in the Indian context, also analyzing the politics behind the issue. Prof A Dutta and Prof DK Sharma were also among the speakers. Kaustubh Rakshit of the Department of Environmental Science gave a presentation on technologies and some possible strategies that could reduce CO2 emission. He recommended a collective effort integrating the different aspects of global climate change.
(Source: The Assam Tribune, 24th April, 2010)


Kripaljyoti Mazumdar
Coordinator, Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Division
ENVIRON, 60, L.N.B. Road, Guwahati-791113, Assam

Saturday, March 6, 2010

SAVE LOKTAK LAKE CAMPAIGN, 6th March 2010, Guwahati



Guwahati version of the worldwide campaign-“Save Lokrtak lake (Deepor Beel) Campaign” an initiative of NECEER, Imphal and ENVIRON, Guwahati, finally took off today at around 11 am. The Organizing team divided into two to conduct the scheduled events at two venues-Quiz competition in P. Dutta Seminar Hall, Gauhati University and Art competition in Parijat Academy, Deepor Beel. The Quiz competition called “Eco-quest 2010” has been launched for the first time in the memory of Lt. Syed Monuwar Hussain which will be conducted annually from this year onwards.

In Gauhati Unversity, the campaign took shape at around 11:30 a.m. with leisurely flow of participants. Total 48 participants turned up who made into 24 teams for The Ecoquest 2010. Mr. Kripal Mazumdar, campaign coordinator, Assam, launched the campaign with his inaugural speech about the global and state level campaign followed by felicitation of the quiz masters- Dipjyoti Deka and Shakhya Shamik. The young quiz hosts carried on the event smoothly with their host of brainstorming and interesting audio visual rounds of question touching a range of subjects and times. The winners of the memorial award for Ecoquest 2010 are- Mr. Dilip Sarma & Mr. Abhra Das of Amar Asom, Ist, Mr. Anurag Talukdar & Mr. Salim Hussain, 2nd, and Mr. Anurag Gogoi & Nabadey Baruah, 3rd.


While on other side, Parijat academy simultaneously conducted the Art competition on the theme “Deepor Beel” where students of the academy have actively participated. The volunteering teachers of the academy Mr. AmarJyoti Duarah, Tapu Nath and Laura Schuchart of US have judged the competition.



Kripaljyoti Mazumdar
GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development
NE Unit, Arunachal Pradesh

Friday, February 26, 2010

Rescue of Short nosed vine snake Ahaetulla prasina (Shaw, 1802) in Assam University Campus, Silchar, Assam

Kripaljyoti Mazumdar1, Mithra Dey2

1GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, North East Unit Vivek vihar, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India-791113

2Department of Ecology and Environmental Science Assam University, Silchar, Assam, India-788011

Reptile populations are declining worldwide and this is causing growing concern. High levels of population declines followed by the expansion of red list are creating demand for eff+ective strategies to maximize conservation efforts for amphibians and reptiles (Becker and Loyola, 2008). Population decline and population extinctions are a more sensitive indicator of loss of biodiversity than species extinctions due to the probable chance of the entering the species in extinction statistics in future, which are losing a considerable amount of their population in current scenario (Ceballos and Ehrlich 2002).

Snakes instill a deep-rooted fear in many people, even though these shy creatures prefer to avoid humans and most other animals larger than themselves. Of those snakes who share human habitats, the vast majority are harmless. Many of the non-poisonous, harmless snakes are killed by human out of the fear deep rooted. Short nosed Vine snakes Ahaetulla prasina (Shaw, 1802) is a mildly venomous, yet docile species, commonly found in forested and rural areas in throughout south-east Asia and pacific islands. It feeds on vertebrates, including small nesting birds, lizards and frogs. The young are born alive, and are brownish in color (Denial, 2002; Whitaker and Captain, 2004; Das 2002).

We have rescued a wounded Short nosed Vine snakes (A. prasina) from south eastern side of Assam university campus (24041.39’N 92044.57’E) near the construction site of new buildings on 2nd April 2009. It was badly wounded at the infralabials portion of head and was and primary treatment was given at laboratory for animal biodiversity, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Assam University and was kept under observation for one day. It was a female individual and the length was measured during observation which is found to be 1.02 m. After a careful observation and subsequent treatment, it was released into the eco-forest which is located inside the campus covering an area of 150 acre area. The forest type in this forest is represented by tropical semi-evergreen forest (Dutta et al., 1998).

It is known that fauna of certain countries, having rapid rates of human disturbances can be identified as being most at risk. Because resources for conservation are limited, the scientific community must provide managers with a solid basis for establishing conservation priorities to minimize the amphibian and reptile population declines and consequently species threat (Becker and Loyola, 2008). Along with this the conservation education and awareness among the people towards snakes and it’s ecological and cultural importance in primordial Indian civilization is also inevitable.

Acknowledgement: We are thankful to students of department of Mass-communication for the information and help during rescue. We are also inevitably thankful to the other faculty members of Department of Ecology and Environmental science for the support.


References:

Whitaker, R. and Captain, A. 2004. Snakes of India: the Field Guide. Draco Books, Chengalpattu, pp. 480

Daniel, J.C. 2002. The book of Indian reptiles and amphibians. Bombay Natural History Society and Oxford University press, pp. 238+viii

Das, I. 2002. A photographic guide to Snakes and other reptiles of India. Om Books International, pp. 144

Dutta, B.K., Gupta A & Das, A.K. 1998. Assam University Campus (Silchar) Ecology and Biodiversity. Assam University, Silchar, 19 pp.

Becker, C.G. and Loyola, R.D. 2008. Extinction risk assessments at the population and species level: implication for amphibian conservation. Biodiversity Conservation 17: 2297-2304.

Ceballos G. and Ehrlich, P.R. 2002. Mammal population losses and the extinction crisis. Science 296:904-907.


Recommended Citation:

Mazumdar, K. and Dey, M. 2010. Rescue of Short nosed vine snake Ahaetulla prasina (Shaw, 1802) in Assam University Campus, Silchar, Assam. Zoos’ Print, Vol. XXV (2):25.



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Kripaljyoti Mazumdar
GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development
NE Unit, Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh, India-791113.
Phone-0091360 2216423(O)
Mob: +91-9436633121, 9615041048

Monday, February 15, 2010

Save Loktak Campaign


Northeast Centre for Environmental Education and Research (NECEER), Imphal is going to organise a Worldwide Save Loktak Lake Campaign at 20 cities in 3 continents on 7th March 2010. NECEER in collaboration with ENVIRON will carry out the Campaign at Guwahati and Silchar city. I on behalf of NECEER and ENVIRON, we would like to request all the youths and organizations to extend their helping hand towards this unique campaign. The campaign is an attempt to create awareness about the threats and need for conserving this natural heritage of North-east India. NECEER, Imphal has been organising campaigns for the conservation of endangered species and fragile ecosystems of Manipur for the last few years.

Loktak Lake is the largest fresh water lake in Northeast India. It has an area of 300sq km and has been recognized as Ramsar site in 1990. Keibul Lamjao, the only floating national park in the world is situated at the south west part of the lake. Deepor beel is another lake from Assam which has also been designated as Ramsar site in November 2002 (infact it is the lone Ramsar site from Assam) while we will also focus conservation issue of Son beel and Chatla wetland two important wetland of Barak valley Southern Assam. These lakes are home to many endangered and vulnerable species of avifauna & mammals, particularly the Loktak lake is only home to critically endangered Manipur brow antlered deer 'Sangai' (Cervus eldi eldi) and many bird and plant species. Deepor beel has been selected as Important bird area (IBA) by Birdlife International.

These lakes have been a main source of income and sustenance for inhabitants of the area. For the last few decades these lakes has been facing all round destructions due to both natural and anthropogenic activities. Rapid expansion of Phumdis, siltation, pollution, agriculture and adverse effect from Loktak Hydropower Project are some of the main problems which had led to an alarming destruction of the lake.


For more write to

  1. Kripal (for information on Assam Campaign) at environNE1@gmail.com
  2. Jiban (for information on Worldwide Campaign) at neceer.imp@gmail.com
  3. Bidyut (for information on Guwahati Campaign) at bidyut.bikash.sarma@gmail.com
  4. Chinmoy (for information on Silchar Campaign) at chinmoy.environ@gmail.com

With regards-

Kripaljyoti Mazumdar

Coordinator, Save Loktak Lake Campaign, Guwahati
Honorary Fellow, NECEER, Imphal, Manipur
Executive Member, ENVIRON, Guwahati, Assam
Associate, Wildlife Research and Conservation Trust, Kerela