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Tiger population monitoring in Namdapha National Park: Wildlife Genetics Programme of Aaranyak Initiates Scat DNA Analysis to estimate Tiger Density
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Wildlife Biologists from Wildlife Genetics Programme of Aaranyak and the Field Staff of Namdapha Tiger Reserve taking part in the training on genetic sampling of tigers.

With financial support from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), tiger genetic population monitoring was initiated by Aaranyak in Namdapha Tiger Reserve from January 2013 onwards. This is a part of the Phase IV monitoring initiated by the NTCA in the Tiger Reserves of India. Researchers from Wildlife Genetics Programme undertook survey and collection of faecal samples in the Reserve, jointly with the Namdapha Forest Department during January to February. During this survey, training was imparted to the Forest Department field staff on proper collection of samples for genetic analysis. These samples are now under analysis in the Wildlife Genetics Laboratory of Aaranyak at Guwahati for identification of species and number of individuals. It is worth mentioning that, in 2011, Wildlife Genetics Laboratory of Aaranyak confirmed the presence of tigers in Namdapha, through genetic analysis of faecal samples collected by the Forest Department, which was the first confirmation of tigers remaining in the Tiger Reserve, after a decade long absence of scientific evidence. In the year 2012, WGL further confirmed presence of two individual tigers in Namdapha through genetic analysis of faecal samples, along with a photographic evidence of tiger presence obtained by the camera trapping exercise carried out by the Tiger Research and Conservation Initiative of Aaranyak.

World Environment Day 5 June 2013: (Special programme for Police towards environmental awareness)
Flood Relief

AARANYAK and the Institution of Engineers (India), Assam State Centre jointly celebrated the World Environment Day-2013 on June 5at the Institution of Engineers premises at Panbazar, Guwahati. In morning session the objective was to enlighten police personnel of Assam about the importance of conservation of nature and wildlife for survival of humanity. A large number of policemen both in uniform and civvies attended the programme that focused on the important role the police could play in prevention of wildlife crime and conservation of biodiversity. All the participants took a Green Oath in the programme. The policemen were listening when one of their senior officers, Dr. L R Bishnoi (IGP-Central and Western Range) of Assam police who has explained how survival of the mankind is dependent of the survival of wildlife and forest cover.

Secretary General of Aaranyak, Dr Bibhab Kumar Talukdar gave a detail power-point presentation on wildlife crime scenario and the danger posed by it to survival of wildlife all over the world. He also explained how policemen could play a role in checking such crimes. Advocate Ajoy Kumar Das explained before the participating policemen about the efficacy various provisions of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and Wildlife (Protection) Assam Amendment, 2009 in dealing with wildlife crimes so as to ensure maximum punishment to the guilty. The Team Aaranyak conducted total 14 WED programme all over Assam including several programme in schools located near Kaziranga National Park, at Numaligarh, Bokakhat, Bogaigaon and other locations. All the programme were well attended.

In The Spotlight : Aaranyak launches Teachers for Conservation

Aaranyak, in collaboration with Kalpadrum Foundation and Bhumi, and in association with the Kaziranga National Park Authority organized a three-day residential training and orientation programme for teachers from Karbi Anglong particularly from the area immediately south of the Kaziranga National Park. The training was held from 30th May to 1st June, 2013 at the Convention Center at Kohora.

The teachers from Primary and Middle English schools from Basagaon and Bagori clusters of Rongbonve Block attended the training. As many as 24 teachers from twenty four schools participated actively during the training. The training involved discussion and orientation on various curriculum linked environmental issues including environmental education, development of students project, biodiversity and ecosystems, threatened wildlife of Assam, flagship species conservation, potential of Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape in species  conservation, role of teachers in conservation and building environmentally aware future generation, science and environmental reporting from villages, etc.

The programme started with an inauguration event which was graced by S K Seal Sarma, DFO, Jitendra Kumar, ACF, and Mukul Tamuli, Range Officer Kaziranga National Park. Speaking on the occasion, the DFO expressed his gratitude to Aaranyak and other organizers for taking this step to reach the present and future generation about conservation of the entire landscape including the Kazirnaga Park.

Several experienced trainers like Simanta Kalita from CEE; Sameer Dutta, Sudip Kanta Basistha and Dharmendra Das from Kalpadrum Foundation; Uttam Saikia from Bhumi, local expert Punen Gogoi and journalist Swapan Nath; Kamal Azad from WWF India; M Firoz Ahmed and Arif Hussain from Aaranyak shared their expertise.

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International Day for Biological Diversity : 22 May 2013

Aaranyak organised a mass signature campaign on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity with the current year theme of Water and Biodiversiy. As part of the day-long programme Aaranyak team pitched tent beside Beltola-Basistha Road in the city to facilitate environment enthusiasts among the public and students to tender their signature  and take

About 100 students from Bal Bharati School at Survey participated in the programme along with common people  from all  age groups who have appreciated the novel initiative of Aaranyak

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Cycle rally to reach out the masses around Kaziranga

 

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A cycle rally was set on the roll at Bokakhat  on 3rd January 2013 to reacj out the masses around Kaziranga National Park to raise awareness

Second conservation exposure trip

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Starting with this flood season of 2013 Aaranyak and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) have installed community based Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS) in several villages in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji Districts of Assam. Out of eights such instruments planned to be set up in these two districts, four units have already been put in place on the rivers Singora in Lakhimpur and the Jiadhal in Dhemaji, one each in the villages of Sagarpur, Ex Military Village (on the right and left bank of the river Singora), Kesakathani and the Dihiri Mising (On the right and left banks of the river Jiadhal).  

The FEWS comprise simple instruments such as flood gauge, transmitter and receiver antenna and control units that communicate wirelessly powered by solar panels.  The electronic sensors fitted inside the flood gauge at different heights (to indicate different risk levels ) produce alarming sound when water rises in the river and touches the flood gauge at those marks of risk levels. The control unit is set up in a household living near the river. The household (family) usually volunteers to take the responsibility of looking after the instruments and sending the flood warning information using mobile phone to a network of people through which the flood messages are spread out to all flood prone areas in downstream. This helps communities in downstream to get about one to two hours lead time for preparing to face the floods and save valuable properties

Project Updates : Twenty three tigers in Manas, confirmed through DNA fingerprinting

Genetic analysis of tiger faecal samples collected from Manas National Park recently confirmed the presence of 23 individuals, with 11 females, 9 males and 3 with unknown gender identity. This exercise was carried out jointly by the Manas Tiger Reserve Field Directorate and Aaranyak. The Field Directorate undertook a field survey in all the 53 blocks of the National Park to collect 127 faecal samples and handed it over to the Wildlife Genetics Laboratory of Aaranyak for genetic analysis. In the laboratory, species identification confirmed tiger origin of 62 of these faecal samples. Out of these 62 samples, DNA fingerprinting confirmed the presence of these 23 individuals, which is the minimum number of tigers present in the National Park. This analysis further confirmed a high level of genetic diversity in the tigers of the Park, which bears significance in terms of the enhancement of conservation efforts required in the area.

 

 
 
 

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