Forests under threat

Firewood consumption is so high in Arunachal Pradesh that the existing forests cannot withstand such pressures for long.

A view of the mountainous Pakkke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng district.

Along with paddy cultivation, growing fish is common in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Kameng river, which forms the western boundary of the Pakke Tiger Reserve, used to be a stronghold of the golden mahseer.

People store enormous quantities of firewood to survive the winter.

Pema Wange and his mother use Biolite's HomeStove to cook food in their home at Thembang in West Kameng district, situated at an altitude of 2,895.6 metres.

Landslides, a problem associated with road construction in the Himalaya.

A domestic yak.

Black-necked cranes in the biodiversity-rich Pangchen valley in Zemithang in Tawang district.

The arboreal red panda, the State animal of Sikkim, gets killed by free-ranghing dogs when it moves from one patch of forest to another.

Arunachal macaque (Macaca munzala), a new species of primate discovered by the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysuru.

Rhododendron wallichii.

Rhododendron papillatum.

Rhododendron glaucophyllum.

Rhododendron companulatum.

Rhododendron arboreum.

Rhododendron falconeri has leathery leaves.

Rhododendron maddenii found in the mid elevation.

Primula stuartii.

Rhododendron edgeworthii, named by Joseph Hooker after M.P. Edgeworth of the Bengal Civil Service.

Rhododendron campylocarpum.

Tomato cultivation using heavy pesticides and fertilizers is causing enormous damage to the aquatic life in the hill districts.

Primula calderana. This is another flowering plant species that adds splendour to the hills.

During the rains, Arunachal Pradesh becomes a land of magnificent waterfalls.

At a memorial to Jaswant Singh, the Indian Army soldier who fought against the Chinese in the 1962 Battle of Nuranang.

A statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Lumpo village, Zemithang valley.

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Firewood consumption is so high in Arunachal Pradesh that the existing forests cannot withstand such pressures for long.
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