Guwahati: Arunachal Pradesh, the state with India’s most diverse orchid population has launched International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUNC’s) Red Listing process for orchid protection on Saturday, in a bid to conserve, protect and understand the threat against it.
Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu informed about the e-launch through his Twitter handle. He wrote: “Arunachal is blessed with highest orchid species in India. We are going to protect and preserve it, and we are first in the country to initiate @IUNC red listing of orchids. Join us for E-launch of the project on 24th Oct 2020 at 1130h”
The event is attended by Vivek Saxena, Country Representative, IUCN India; Ravi Agarwal, additional secretary, MoEFC; TP Singh, deputy regional director, IUCN Asia, Bangkok; Dr David Allen, IUNC Red List Unit, Cambridge, UK along with other dignitaries.
Earlier, to access the status of orchids in Arunachal Pradesh was initiated with the government signing a Memorandum of Understanding with IUNC India to create a Red Listing of orchids at the state level.