A total of 19 fringe villagers inhabiting an area around 23 sq km, a contiguous forest patch with first addition to Manas National Park on the west and the Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan on the north have come forward to extend their support a project for creating a habitat for Golden Langurs’ conservation.
The project was conceived by ‘New Horizon, a community-based organization under the guidance of Chirang Forest Division, BTC and supported by the Wildlife Trust of India and its international partner, IFAW on Monday.
On Monday, the first boundary pillar and the welcome signage of the ‘Habitat conservation of Golden Langur’ was erected and the demarcation process of the area was started.
In the event organized at Salbari fringe village under Chirang district in the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD), Assam, officials of Department of Environment and Forest, BTC,
Officials of village level committee, women organization representatives, members of local NGOs, representatives of WTI-IFAW were present.
The whole gathering took oath of conserving and protecting the area for Golden Langur, which is also the endemic species and the official mascot of the BTC Government.
Official sources said that in the coming days, the area demarcation would be completed by the Forest Department with the support of the fringe villagers.
According to sources, a proposal for declaring the area as a ‘Conservation Reserve’ would be moved to the State Wildlife Board, Assam for ensuring legal protection under Wildlife (Protection) Act. Sources added that the area, if approved by the State Board, will be the first Conservation Reserve in the State and the region.