Arunachal Pradesh Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Dr Shashi Kumar launched a community and school-based education program on conservation of the endangered Eastern Hoolock Gibbon on 5 October. The program was introduced in Arunachal’s Lower Dibang Valley district and at Sadiya sub-division under Tinsukia district, Assam. The launch was done on the fifth day of the auspicious Wildlife week.
As per the reports of an official communique, the program would be implemented by Environ, North East based NGO in collaboration with state’s environment and forest department with Aitijya (The Heritage) as partner. Environ society works for the conservation and management of nature and natural resources in North East region of India.
As per the communiqué in the newly launched program, a conservation education module in schools will be developed with the help of expert teachers. The same program will be developed through local youth volunteers which would foster and facilitate dialogue between key stakeholders, local community, youth groups, district administration, forest officials and various civil society organizations.
US Fish and Wildlife Service are the supporting partners for the initiative. The communiqué also informed that technical help will be offered by Rajiv Gandhi University’s zoology department and G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED). During the launch of the program, several suggestions for in-situ and ex-situ measures were given for conservation of wildlife.
While addressing the gathering, project principal investigator Dr. Kuladip Sarma gave a synopsis of the program followed by technical sessions to check present conservation status of Eastern Hoolock Gibbon in the regions of Arunachal Pradesh & Assam.
Dr. Zahan Ahmed, a Wildlife Trust of India veterinarian and Itanagar Biological Park presented illustrations on issues like ‘Translocation of Gibbons and conservation issues’ and ‘Conservation breeding & habitat management of Gibbon’ respectively.
Presently protected area network of India includes 99 national parks, 513 wildlife sanctuaries, 41 conservation reserves and 4 community reserves.
The official apex advisory body that looks after and keeps a check over the various schemes of wildlife conservation in India is Indian Board of Wildlife headed by Prime Minister.
India is a member of five major international conventions that are running for wildlife conservation, namely: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), International Whaling Commission (IWC), Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking (CAWT), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and World Heritage Committee (UNESCO- WHC). All these conventions run under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
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