Aaranyak, a leading wildlife NGO in Northeast India, on Wednesday completed 31 years of its existence.
With a humble beginning as nature club, over the years, Aaranyak has transformed into a premiere scientific research and conservation organization of the country.
Aaranyak’s work spans across various fields like wildlife & biodiversity conservation.
The organization has also been working on mitigation of disaster and climate risk, water governance, conservation education, legal and advocacy.
During the last three decades, Aaranyak has contributed immensely on livelihood interventions for the marginalized communities, natural resources management, through research, education and advocacy.
With a total strength of approximately 120 employees, which includes conservationists, ecologists and professionals from diverse disciplines, Aaranyak has been working together to foster the conservation of biodiversity.
Strengthened by a network of hundreds of members, and volunteers, Aaranyak has to its credit many research articles, reports, books, brochures and other educational materials.
The last one year has been fruitful for the entire Aaranyak team despite the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.
Though the organization had to cut-short some of its works, and some projects were delayed, the Aaranyak team continued the works with the use of digital platforms.
Some of the new initiatives worth mentioning are series of webinars and live discussion programmes titled, “Eco Talk”, “Science, Environment & Mankind: Fundamentals” and “Conservation Matters”.
A major event organized by Aaranyak in collaboration with several other organization and institutions, was the “7th Asian Primate Symposium & First International Conference on Human-Primate Interface, 2020” in the month of February.
Aaranyak with its proactive voluntarism responded efficiently to the crisis unleashed by the outbreak of the COVID-19.
It proactively regulated its organisational activities in accordance with the instructions and guidelines of GOI and GOA, raised awareness and assisted the efforts of the Central and the State Government to prevent and deal with the pandemic.
Aaranyak also provided aids by encouraging the local communities to develop cloth facemasks and distributed the same to the stakeholders, donated a sum of Rs 1,00,000 to Assam Government to help strengthen the government initiatives to check COVID-19.
Members of the NGO on Wednesday observed the 31st Foundation Day, with a brief programme, which was streamed live on Aaranyak’s official Facebook page, due to the present COVID-19 pandemic.
The event commenced with Aaranyak flag hoisting, followed by a keynote speech by the President and the Secretary General of Aaranyak.
For its outstanding work and contribution to the society, the organization has been bestowed with many regional, national and international awards and accolades over the years.
It has been awarded with “Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Award” from MoEFCC, Govt. of India in 2012.
In 2017, it received the Award of “Best Scientific Institution in Assam” under the category of “State Awards for Scientific Excellence, 2017” by the Science & Technology Department, Government of Assam.
Aaranyak is an organizational member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
It is also recognised as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology.