Arunachal Pradesh

Shrinking green cover

Print edition : November 25, 2016

Firewood consumption is so high in Arunachal Pradesh that the existing forests cannot withstand such pressures for long. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

A view of the mountainous Pakkke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng district. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Along with paddy cultivation, growing fish is common in Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The Kameng river, which forms the western boundary of the Pakke Tiger Reserve, used to be a stronghold of the golden mahseer. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

People store enormous quantities of firewood to survive the winter. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

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. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Landslides, a problem associated with road construction in the Himalaya. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

A domestic yak. Photo: A.J.T.Johnsingh.

Black-necked cranes in the biodiversity-rich Pangchen valley in Zemithang in Tawang district. Photo: Digen Dorji, WWF-India

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. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

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

Rhododendron wallichii. Photo: A.J.T.Johnsingh.

Rhododendron papillatum.

Rhododendron glaucophyllum. Photo: A.J.T.Johnsingh.

Rhododendron companulatum. Photo: A.J.T.Johnsingh.

Rhododendron arboreum. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Rhododendron falconeri has leathery leaves. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Rhododendron maddenii found in the mid elevation. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Primula stuartii. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Rhododendron edgeworthii, named by Joseph Hooker after M.P. Edgeworth of the Bengal Civil Service. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Rhododendron campylocarpum. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Tomato cultivation using heavy pesticides and fertilizers is causing enormous damage to the aquatic life in the hill districts. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Primula calderana. This is another flowering plant species that adds splendour to the hills. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

During the rains, Arunachal Pradesh becomes a land of magnificent waterfalls. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

At a memorial to Jaswant Singh, the Indian Army soldier who fought against the Chinese in the 1962 Battle of Nuranang. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

A statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Lumpo village, Zemithang valley. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

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