BARPETA, May 18 - A special three-day training programme for teachers on the conservation of the Manas landscape was organised at the Barpeta Road Press Club. The second phase of the programme concluded today. The training was conducted in two phases – from May 11 to 13 and from May 16 to 18 – by Aaranyak in association with the Forest Department of BTC and Barpeta Road Press Club. The purpose of the programme was to sensitise the teachers on the ecological significance of the Manas landscape with regard to biodiversity and involve the local people in the conservation process.
Inaugurating the programme, Hiranya Kumar Sarma, Field Director of Manas National Park-cum-Tiger Project, dwelt at length on biodiversity features, abundance of flora and fauna and the need to preserve them. He requested all concerned, especially the residents of the fringe villages, to protect the rich biodiversity of the park at any cost.
Speaking as resource persons, Dr Bibhuti Prasad Lahkar, Dr Firoj Ahmed and Sudipta Kanta Bashishtha highlighted the multifarious natural resources of the World Heritage Site and ways and means to protect them. Various aspects of preservation of Manas in particular and nature in general, study of environment and protection of wildlife were issues that were elaborately discussed.
The teacher trainees were mostly from the schools around the park and from Baksa and Chirang districts. They were taken on an exposure tour to the park.
The teaching community is expected to share the information gathered during the training programme with students, thereby inculcating conservation values in the latter. The Aaranyak plans to follow up the outcome of this training programme in the near future.
Aaranyak leads the Manas Tiger Conservation Programme in association with the Forest Department of the BTC, Wildlife Conservation Trust, Pathera and Awely, and is actively working towards protection, conservation and community well-being in the Manas National Park-cum-Tiger Project and its fringe villages.