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NGOs unite to combat wildlife crime along Assam-Arunachal border

Collaboration aims to raise awareness and protect biodiversity through community engagement

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 10: A meeting of representatives from various NGOs in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam has highlighted the urgent need to organise sensitisation and awareness programmes for grassroot communities residing near the fringes of the D’Ering Wildlife Sanctuary (Arunachal Pradesh) and the Pabo Reserve Forest (Assam) to prevent wildlife crimes.

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The first-ever inter-state NGO coordination meeting was held in Jonai on June 8, with the objective of tackling wildlife crime along the Arunachal Pradesh and Assam border. The gathering saw the participation of 22 dedicated individuals from non-government organisations, including Aaranyak, Save Pabo Rainforest (SPRF), Jonai, and the Community Surveillance and Monitoring Team (CSMT), Pasighat.

The participants unanimously agreed that educating the communities is crucial for the prevention of wildlife crimes such as poaching and illegal trade. Aaranyak officials Dr Jimmy Borah and Ivy Farheen Hussain attended and deliberated on various topics on deterring wildlife crime in the area. The meeting also saw active participation from SPRF’s secretary Royal Pegu, president Rajib Pegu, and their representatives, as well as CSMT lead Maksam Tayeng and his team from Pasighat.

The meeting decided to launch two awareness campaigns—one on the Assam side and the other on the Arunachal side of the inter-state boundary. These campaigns are designed to inform and engage local communities about the importance of wildlife conservation and the detrimental impacts of illegal activities on the ecosystem.

Additionally, a comprehensive social survey will be conducted to assess the economic status of the communities living near these two critical wildlife habitats. The insights gained from this survey will aid in developing alternative livelihood programmes, thereby reducing reliance on activities that harm wildlife.

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A key outcome of the meeting was the proposed collaboration between CSMT and the Village Defence Parties (VDP). This partnership aims to enhance monitoring and control measures to curb illegal wildlife trade in the region.

The meeting marks a significant step forward towards coordinated efforts to protect the rich biodiversity of the Arunachal-Assam border region. The collective resolve and strategic planning exhibited by the participants underscored a shared commitment to safeguarding wildlife for future generations.

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