GUWAHATI, July 2 � With a wide range of photographs from different facets of the NGOs contribution to bio-diversity conservation in the region and elsewhere, Aaranyak�s photo exhibition under way at State Art Gallery in the city drew a huge response from people across the State.
The exhibition started on Tuesday and will last till July 5.
Reflecting Aaranyak in its 25th year of bio-diversity conservation, the exhibition has showcased the flourishing journey of this NGO from a small beginning as a neighbourhood nature club to a recognised �Scientific and Industrial Research Organization� of the country, which has now spread its roots not only in North-east India, but also internationally.
�A quarter century of work has brought major changes in the nature conservation sector and Aaranyak is still putting its hard work and dedication to secure the rich bio-diversity resources. With four unique sub-themes, the photographs will be exhibited depicting the activities from the inception of Aaranyak since 1989 highlighting its diverse programmes and initiatives including the rich flora and fauna bio-diversity of North-east,� said Udayan Borthakur, convenor, photo exhibition, Aaranyak.
Strolling down memory lane, Rumi Sharma, principal, Shrimanta Shankardev Science College said, �25 years back, I have seen the seed of Aaranyak sown and nourished by its dedicated growers and am happy to witness this day, when it has formed into a fruit-bearing tree today. The hard work and devotion made by the young college students 25 years ago has placed the organization in a highly regarded position today.�
With more than 1000 members, Aaranyak has not only been able to conserve the wildlife but it has also successfully provided sustainable alternative livelihood support to communities in the fringe areas of the national parks in Assam.