Aaranyak, a premier biodiversity conservation organisation of the Northeast, gifted field equipment to frontline forest staff in Karbi Anglong district adjacent to Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve.
Aaranyak in association with CRMH School organised a field equipment handing over ceremony in collaboration with Dolamara Range of Karbi Anglong Forest Department, adjacent to Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve on Sunday.
Aaranyak provided torch lights and field shoes to about 31 frontline forest staff of Karbi Anglong forest department working adjacent to Kaziranga NP and Tiger Reserve.
The field equipment were sponsored by Kirloskar Ebara Pump Limited (KEPL). Dr. M. Firoz Ahmed, head of Tiger Research and Conservation Division of Aaranyak while welcoming the invited dignitaries, mentioned about the purpose of the brief event.
Addressing the meeting, Prahalad Kro, ACF in charge of the Dolamara range of Karbi Anglong, stressed that though fewer in numbers, the staff of Karbi Anglong forest department will be further encouraged to secure the animals and habitats particularly those marooned by the monsoon flood.
He thanked Aaranyak for supporting the staff with the basic patrol items.
Dr. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, chief executive officer of Aaranyak mentioned the importance of Karbi Anglong areas for conservation success of Kaziranga and Karbi Anglong forest areas which need unified efforts.
He mentioned that Aaranyak shall continue its efforts to work closely with forest officials of Kaziranga National Park and Karbi Anglong Forest Department to complement the efforts of the forest official to secure this key conservation landscape.
P Sivakumar, field director of Kaziranga Tiger Reserve expressed his thanks to Aaranyak for the support to the staff of Karbi Anglong forests and mentioned about various support Kaziranga Tiger Reserve authorities provided to the Dolamara range for protection of animals.
He highlighted the importance of the staff of the area to ensure protection of not only wild animals but also the check felling of valuable trees that may lead to loss of habitats.
The meeting was also attended by Ramesh Gogoi, divisional forest officer of Eastern Assam Wildlife Division within Kaziranga national Park and Bibhuti Ranjan Gogoi, range officer of Kohora range.
Arif Hussain, Sarlongjon Teron, Sourav Gupta, Ajay Angu and Rowel Engti of Aaranyak coordinated the programme with the support of the forest staff.