The rangers of Assam’s Manas National Park have owned International Rangers Award presented by IUCN-WCPA (International Union for Conservation of Nature – World Commission on Protected Areas).
They have been honoured with the coveted award as recognition for their efforts to conserve the tiger population of the national park.
The Manas Tiger Team, consisting of 12 members, has been bestowed with the special honour of ‘Highly Commended’ along with 18 other national parks from across the globe during a virtual award ceremony on Wednesday.
Ten rangers were recognized for their conservation efforts worldwide.
These awards, developed through collaboration between the IUCN WCPA, the International Ranger Federation, Global Wildlife Conservation, and Conservation Allies, aim to highlight and felicitate the extraordinary work that rangers do in protected and conserved areas worldwide.
MNP Field Director Amal Chandra Sarmah said that the Award to Manas National Park Ranger Team has not only boosted the officials and frontline staff but also put them in a more challenging task for better conservation, protection and management of Manas.
In November 2020, Manas National Park (Manas Tiger Project) and Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan received the TX2 Conservation Excellence Award for 2020 by the Global Tiger Forum. TX2 stands for “Tigers times two”, signaling the goal to double the population of wild tigers by 2022.