Assam has change into the second state within the nation to have the very best variety of Nationwide Parks after Madhya Pradesh.
“Raimona and Dihing Patkai Nationwide Parks have been formally notified, including to Assam’s whole tally of seven Nationwide Parks. The newly created Nationwide Parks will assist to spice up conservation efforts and supply a fillip to tourism and agriculture sectors,” Assam forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya mentioned on Wednesday.
He mentioned the declaration of Raimona Nationwide Park by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was finished on the event of World Atmosphere Day (5 June).
The Raimona Nationwide Park overlaying 422 kilometres is located within the Gossaigaon subdivision of the Kokrajhar district and will likely be administered by the Kachugaon Forest Division of BTC, Assam.
“The newly created park may even assist in fulfilling suggestions of the UNESCO World Heritage Web site Committee to contemplate extension of the Manas World Heritage web site property in three phases,” the minister mentioned.
The realm was one of many oldest Reserved Forest (RF) of the state with a historical past of one of many best scientific administration through the late nineteenth century. The historic introduction of ‘Rides’ development of ‘Tramway’ in 1901 was a function of the fashionable forestry administration practices throughout that point.
“With Phipsoo Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan to its north, Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal to its west and the primary addition to Manas Nationwide Park to its east, Raimona lies in a 2300 sq. kilometres transboundary panorama which is crucial for long-ranging wildlife like elephants and tigers,” he mentioned.
The realm is already part of the buffer of the Manas Tiger Reserve. With eleven completely different forest varieties and subtypes, the world is residence to the Golden Langur, Elephant, Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Indian Gaur, Wild Buffalo, Noticed Deer, Hornbills, a number of species of orchids and has greater than 150 species of butterflies, 170 species of birds apart from 380 species of crops,” the forest official said.
“Conservation of this space shall present water safety to greater than 20 lakh individuals downstream in Kokrajhar and Dhubri district and open the door of alternatives each at nationwide and worldwide degree within the promotion of community-based tourism, targeted wildlife administration and guarantee biodiversity for future generations,” mentioned Mr Suklabaidya.
He mentioned the federal government of Assam has added one other jewel within the crown of its historical past of wildlife conservation by notifying Dihing Patkai as a Nationwide Park.
He mentioned final 12 months the Assam authorities had upgraded Dehing Patkai as a Nationwide Park.
“This Nationwide Park, a contiguous stretch of forests, ranging from Higher Dihing Reserve Forests within the East (underneath Digboi Division, Tinsukia District) as much as the Jeypore RF (underneath Dibrugarh Division, Dibrugarh District), includes some pristine forests alongside the Assam-Arunachal interstate boundary, categorized as Assam Valley Tropical Moist Evergreen Forests,” he mentioned.
Popularly often called Dihing Patkai Rain Forest, it has distinctive floral and faunal variety, which was acknowledged by the Authorities of Assam in 2004, when 111.19 sq. kilometres of this space was notified as Dihing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary.
Forest and wildlife conservation have now been strengthened right here by including one other 123.07 sq. kilometres to the unique sanctuary space and conferring Nationwide Park standing to 234.26 sq. kilometres, with the very best degree of safety obtainable underneath the Wildlife (Safety) Act, 1972.
Notification of the Nationwide Park contains areas falling inside the present Dihing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary together with all the extra Reserve Forests i.e. Higher Dihing RF (West Block) and Jeypore RF.
Nevertheless, the forest village space diverted underneath the Forest Conservation Act has been excluded.
Presently, Madhya Pradesh has 9, the very best variety of Nationwide Parks within the nation.