The Meghalayan Age: Our Unique Geodiversity, Biodiversity and Cultural Assets
June 14th 2022
Four years ago, on June 14, 2018, the state of Meghalaya became a part of the Earth’s geological history. This has put Meghalaya on the world map especially in terms of its unique geological features. To celebrate and commemorate this special day, a seminar on The Meghalayan Age: Our Unique Geodiversity, Biodiversity and Cultural Assets was organized by the Department of Tourism and Travel Management and the Department of Environment and Traditional Ecosystems, Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong in collaboration with IQAC, MLCU.
This seminar saw participation of eminent personalities including, founder-secretary of the Meghalaya Adventurers Association, Dr Brian Daly Kharpran; Ms Bashisha Iangrai a senior geologist from Geological Survey of India; Dr Marco Mitri Associate Professor, Union Christian College; Dr Henry Nongrum, a nature photographer; Mr Ian Lyngdoh, traveller and author and Ms Careen J Langstieh, a distinguished and eminent artist, who deliberated and brought focus on the distinct aspects of our state.
The seminar was organized with the objectives to recognize and appreciate the unique geodiversity and biodiversity of Meghalaya and to ascertain the integrated approach to ecotourism and sustainable tourism in geodiversity, biodiversity and culture.
The Chief Guest on the occasion, Shri T T C Marak (Rted IFS), Chairman, State Environment Impact Assessment Authority, in his address highlighted on the endemic vegetation in the North Eastern region, and shared facts about traditional technologies in producing high calorific energy bricks. He also stressed on the need to balance conservation and development. He encouraged the students to develop the spirit of enquiry and to go beyond the dotted lines.
The Chancellor of Martin Luther Christian University, Dr Glenn C Kharkongor gave a presentation on the geology and the geo dynamics of the region to create a clear perspective for addressing the question of evolution of the Shillong Plateau.
Dr Brian Daly Kharpran brought to light the richness of Meghalaya’s caves through his presentation on ‘Caves- a Scientific Resource’.
Ms Bashisha Iangrai, shared her experience and knowledge on ‘Fossils of Meghalaya’ and her mission to explore and unearth more dinosaur bones from Meghalaya particularly in the South West Khasi Hills of Meghalaya.
Dr Marco Mitri, shared his findings about the ‘Impacts of prehistoric iron smelting and manufacturing on the dynamics of vegetation in Khasi Hills of Meghalaya’
Dr Henry Nongrum, a nature photographer shared a presentation on ‘Biodiversity Photography of the Himalayan Range’. Most of his photography works which were taken in the Himalayan region were also exhibited during the program.
Mr Ian Lyngdoh, traveller and author, highlighted on his extensive tours in the Ri War and Jaintia regions to study and preserve knowledge about the famous Living Root bridges in Meghalaya, their current status and their geographical, economic, cultural significance.
Ms Careen J Langstieh, displayed an introspective exploration of her journey within the realm of our tribal community through her presentation ‘Bio-Cultural Landscape of Meghalaya’. Her paintings were also displayed on the occasion.
The event also included a book sale of books published by the university and books authored by the speakers of today’s events