The Meghalaya Livelihoods and Access to Markets Project (Megha-LAMP) is a key state-wide initiative by the Government of Meghalaya in collaboration with IFAD. Its objective is to improve family incomes and quality of life in rural Meghalaya through a specific focus on developing markets and value chains for sustainable livelihoods, and ensuring that these livelihoods are adapted to Meghalaya's geographical context to the effects of climate change. Megha-LAMP was formally launched by the Honourable Chief Minister Dr. Mukul M Sangma, on the 3rd of September, 2015, at the Yojana Bhavan, Main secretariat Building, Shillong. Other dignitaries who graced the event along with the Chief Minister included, the Chief Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya Shri. P.B.O. Warjri, IAS, the Chief Executive Officer of Meghalaya Basin Development Authority and Project Director Megha-LAMP, Shri. R.M. Mishra, IAS, and Edward Mallorie, Mission Leader IFAD. Speaking during the inauguration the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of MBDA and Principal Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya Shri, P. Jain, IAS, in his brief presentation on Megha-LAMP gave an overview on various aspects that this project would touch upon. He stressed that the project's main focus would be on markets and market linkages, development of various Integrated Village Cooperative Societies, and Knowledge Management and dissemination of communication materials.
As the vapor laden cloud from the Bay of Bengal proceeds northward over the plains of Bangladesh lying at almost sea level, the Khasi Hills erupt abruptly towering to a height of about 4500 feet on the path of it. On the southern edge of Khasi Hills lies the small town of Cherrapunji, locally known as Sohra. As a result,Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya is known to have scripted many hallmarks in the weather record books, for receiving incessant torrential and eventful rain over any year and for years together. This unique positioning attributes a very niche weather to Sohra making it a prominent research interest for the weather scientists.Read More
On 22nd May, 2016, the Mawkyrnot Self Help group from Mawkyrnot village in Pynursla CD Block, in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya, was awarded the India Biodiversity Award 2016, under the category "Sustainable use of Biological Resources", in recognition of their excellence in the sustainable use of Living Root bridges to enhance eco-system services. The 52 feet long living root bridges in the village have been termed as a "marvel of bio-engineering" The International Day for Biological Diversity is an international day sanctioned by the United Nations to increase awareness and improving understanding of biodiversity issues. This international day is observed worldwide every year on the 22nd of May. This year, in India, the national level celebrations were held at Yashwant Rao Chavan Auditorium in Mumbai with the Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra, Shri. CH. Vidyasagar Rao, as the Chief Guest.Read More