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Posted Thu May 15 2008: from The Statesman (India):
Flora species on verge of extinction in Sikkim
Forty-six species of flora are facing extinction in Sikkim, says a recent survey by the Botanical Survey of India. "The bio-diversity is being threatened in some areas of the state owing to easy accessibility, large scale extraction, collection of medicinal herbs, poaching and encroachment in the natural habitat... The forest is being cleared for various developmental activities like road, building, dams and industrial development which is threatening the species in Sikkim."
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Sikkim is an ecological hotspot, one of only three among the ecoregions of India, nestled in the lower Himalayas.
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