Literally meaning "the jewelled land", Manipur is richly endowed with natural beauty and splendour. Home to Sangai (a rare species of brow-antlered deer) and the Siroi Lily (the only terrestrial lily grown on the hill tops of Siroi hill), Ethel St. Clair Grimwood described Manipur as a Pretty place more beautiful than many show places of the world. The first Prime Minister of India, the Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, described Manipur as a Jewel of India, bewitching beholders with its natural beauty and its cultural paraphernalia. An oval shaped valley surrounded by blue green hills, rich in art and tradition has inspired description such as the Switzerland of the East with its cascading rapids, tripling rivers, varieties of flowers, lakes etc. It has been decorated by innumerable beautiful flora and inhabited by a number of attractive fauna, Manipur shines with Nature grace.
State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) are to be established under Section 22 of the Act, So far 25 States have established the SBBs.
Biodiversity Management Committees are to be established under Section 41 of the Act at local level. The BMCs play a vital role in documenting biodiversity, their sustainable use and in dealing with Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) issues.
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