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Arunachal Pradesh signs MoU with IUCN to red List Orchids:

Arunachal Pradesh has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the IUCN on 13 January in Arunachal Pradesh. The MoU was signed by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Manmohan Singh Negi and the IUCN’s country representative Dr. Vivek Saxena. The environment & forests department is the nodal department for executing the project.

MoU Highlights:

♦ According to the MoU, the Arunachal Pradesh state government will collaborate with the IUCN and carry out a red-list assessment of the orchids in the state.

♦ The state has become the first state to initiate the International Union for Conservation of Nature`s (IUCN) red listing at the state level.  

♦ The project will be spread across the state in 12 months

♦ Many workshops on red list assessment will be conducted by experts from the IUCN.

IUCN:

Founded on: 5 October 1948

Located at: Gland, Switzerland

Director-General: Grethel Aguilar

President: Zhang Xinsheng 

IUCN aims to conserve nature and work for the sustainable use of natural resources. It collects data and conducts research, analysis, field projects, advocacy, and education.

IUCN Red List:

The IUCN`s Red List of Threatened Species is a critical indicator of the health of the world`s biodiversity. The list has been acting as a powerful tool to inform and catalyze action for biodiversity conservation and policy change. IUCN has projected that it is complexities to protect natural resources. 

Arunachal Pradesh:

Governor: Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.)

Chief Minister: Pema Khandu

Capital: Itanagar

Literacy rate: 66.95%

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