GUWAHATI, Nov 6 � French Consul in India Fabrice Etienne called Rokibul Hussain, Minister, Environment and Forest, Panchayat and Rural Development, Assam here on Tuesday.
Etienne apprised Hussain about the various development concerns where French input may be helpful. The French Development Agency assisted Assam Project on Forest and Biodiversty Conservation was also discussed and Etienne expressed satisfaction in implementation of the project.
Hussain informed Etienne about the efforts made for protection of rhinos in Assam and briefed on the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 which is under exectution to increase the rhino population to the level of 3000 and more. The Minister informed the French Consul about the tiger population which has increased as a result of intensive conservation initiative in Kaziranga and the tiger density at present is 15.92/100 sq km area which highest in the country, sources at the Conservation of Forests, Rehabari, here said.