Meghalaya, a northeastern state with lush forest cover, verdant valleys, pastel green meadows, and lofty pine groves, is a stunning instance exhibiting the botanical & sociocultural links between nature and human civilization.
For instance, the “Living Root Bridge” highlights the symbiotic relationship between nature and human culture to a global audience, stressing the need to adopt a balanced approach between economy and ecology. The tribal clan conserves these suspension bridges through their sacred practice of preserving the groves known as Law Kyntang.
It is a suspension bridge created by nurturing the aerial roots of the Indian rubber tree (ficus elastica) and is home to several critically-endangered species of flora and fauna. Their tangled webs of roots provide a stable alternative to wooden bridges.
To support the unwavering efforts of these communities, the ‘Green Meghalaya Movement’ – a project initiated by the state government intends to contribute towards conserving the fast-degrading environment. It aims to encourage conservation at the grassroots level.
As part of its efforts, the Meghalaya Chief Minister – Conrad Sangma on Thursday distributed financial assistance to village and community heads at Baghmara in South Garo Hills.
Taking to Twitter, the Meghalaya CM wrote “Distributed financial assistance to village and community heads at Baghmara, South Garo Hills under ‘Green Meghalaya’ a unique scheme for supporting communities, clans & individuals in conservation of forests & its natural resources.”
Distributed financial assistance to village and community heads at Baghmara, South Garo Hills under ‘Green Meghalaya’ a unique scheme for supporting communities, clans & individuals in conservation of forests & its natural resources.@PMOIndia @byadavbjp @moefcc pic.twitter.com/WZRSBpSRGo
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) October 20, 2022