Monday, February 13, 2012
WWF organises wildlife exposure cum motivation tour in Udalguri
WWF North Bank Landscape Programme, in association with Udalguri district administration has organised a wildlife exposure cum motivation tour for the NGO members of Udalguri district to Laokhoa WLS and Kaziranga NP. The tour was formally flagged off by Thaneswar Malakar,Deputy Commissioner and Debojit Deuri,Superintendent of police Udalguri at a function at Udalguri Circuit House at 10 AM on February 10. Several distinguished persons of the district namely- Mihir Kumar Barua,ADC; MP Sarma,Project Director, DRDA,Udalguri; Bankim Sarma, DFO Dhansiri Forest Division; Hiten Baishya and David Smith of WWF;Gunajit Das, Secretary,Bodoland Journalist Association;Diganta Sarma, Secretary,Tangla Press Club; journalists- Narayan Deka,Ram Upadhyay; Ananta Bagh, CEO of Green Valley Forest and Wildlife Protection Society;Arijit Roy Secretary of Pigmy Hog Eco Tourism Society etc. attended the flagging off ceremony. The team will study the ecological problems and animal behaviour in several forests including Kaziranga National Park under the guidance of WWF and forest experts.
Jayanta Kumar Das, senior journalist and member secretary of Barnadi Wildlife Sanctuary Monitoring Committee welcomed all the guests and members of the exposure tour was formally flagged off. On the occasion he thanked Udalguri district administration, WWF, Dhansiri Forest Division and ABITA for all kind of support in organising the wildlife exposure cum motivation tour for the grass root level young environment activists working for the conservation of flora and fauna of the district. Noted writer Thaneswar Malakar, DC, Udalguri attending the ceremony as the chief guest remarked that a new era had been added to the conservation chapter of the district. He requested the members of the exposure cum motivation tour to work with dedication for the protection of wildlife as wel as to create awareness among people so as to avoid conflicts. He also said that awareness among people could only solve “Man -Elephant Conflict” in the district.
Bankim Sarma,DFO,Dhansiri Forest Division,Udalguri and Hiten Baishya of WWF also addressed the people and media present.The members of the exposure cum motivation tour were -Ananta Bagh,Sanjib Sabbar,Aman Tirki,Davidson Tanti of Green Valley Forest and Wildlife Protection Society ,Nonaipara; Gagan Gupta,Gopal Chandra Boro,Dipak Majumdar and Jayanta Boro of Pigmy Hog Eco-Tourism Society of Barnadi WLS. It is also known that another such wildlife exposure cum motivation tour to Dibru-Saikhoa National Park would be organised by Bikon Deka,Senior Manager, Bhutiachang TE and Chairman of ABITA (Mangaldai branch) shortly.