GUWAHATI, Dec 24 � In a bid to strengthen conservation of the Manas landscape, aid was provided to various stakeholders under the Greater Manas Conservation Fund (GMCF) at an event held today in Kokrajhar.
Instituted by the State Forest Department, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare � Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI), GMCF supports diverse conservation initiatives in the UNESCO World Heritage and neighboring areas that constitute the 1,500 sq km landscape approximately, a press note informed.
��Conserving Greater Manas is not just about the wildlife but also about the people of Bodoland. Welfare of both is interconnected. GMCF therefore takes a holistic view and supports activities that promote the well-being of people as well as animals� said Kampa Borgoyary, Deputy Chief, BTC, and a member of the GMCF panel, who chaired the event. �
The support provided today included facilities to improve protection of the landscape by the Forest Department and Community-based Organisations (CBOs), and promote green livelihood in fringe villages. The Forest Department was given a set of solar lighting and charging systems to help in patrolling.