Manipur is a small isolated, hilly state located on the eastern arm of the Himalaya – the Purvachal (Chatterjee, 1965) which separates India from Myanmar in North – East India along the Indo Myanmar border lying just north of the Tropic of Cancer. It extends between 230 80’ N – 250 68’ N Latitude and between 930 03’ E – 940 78’ E Longitude (Statistical bulletin of Manipur Forest, 1999-2000). The state has an area of 22,327 sq kms with a population of 23,88,634 (Census of India 2001) and the state ranks 23rd position among the states and union territories in India in order of population size. Politico-administratively Manipur comprises nine districts, five in the hills (Chandel, Churachandpur, Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul) and four in the central valley (Bishnupur, Imphal East, Imphal West and Thoubal).
 
    Bishnupur district has an identity o  Bishnupur district has an identity of its own in the history of Manipur, the culture and the history of Moirang and its neighbouring villages forming an integral part of the history of the district. The district has now three sub-divisions namely (i) Nambol Sub-division (ii) Bishnupur Sub-division, and (iii) Moirang Sub-division, and has two Community Development Blocks namely Bishnupur C.D. Block and Moirang C.D. Block.

    Development of a digital database of Bishnupur district of Manipur, N.E. India with the primary goal of assessing the biodiversity through documentation of indigenous traditional knowledge and utilization of bioresources. The importance of Loktak lakes, ponds streams and forest of Bishnupur in terms of ecological services and goods to ethnic communities and the region is well-known to the stake holders as well as local authority. The Loktak Lake which is well known as the hot spot of the Ramsar sites’ and the Keibul Lamjao National Park wild life sanctuary in Bishnupur district of Manipur add to the importance of this rainforest ecosystem. The district reliance of inhabitants of 49 villages and 7 towns (belonging to various ethnic groups/tribes such as Meiteis, Chothes, Kabuis, Koms and Meitei Muslims) on bioresources for subsistence and livelihoods are concrete. This study is expected to contribute towards documentation the traditional knowledge and cultural practices of ethnic communities, and diversity utilization of bioresources of Bishnupur district of Manipur; such information is vital for initiating development and conservation programs in the region.   

     The enduring link between ethnobiology and bioresources provided strong platform for evaluating biodiversity of Bishnupur using traditional knowledge of bioresources utilization by ethnic communities to reflect biodiversity of the region. Using ethnozoological methods such as Semistructured and structured interviews, group discussions, market survey and participant’s observation. this study recorded 119 animals (113 genera and 78 families). Enthnozoological medicinal uses of Bishnupur district included animal species as reported Mammals (26), Birds (17), Fishes (23) Reptiles (4), Arthropods (40), Annelids (3) and Molluscs (6). Two major uses of animal resources have been observed namely food (114) and ethnomedicines( 116) while 12 animal species have cultural values being used in rituals or part of local beliefs systems

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     This database is mainly focussed on ethnomedicinal uses of animals using traditional knowledge and pratices.