2017 Some Positive Events of Manas

           Birth of three rhino calves at Manas after gap of two years

This might be of great joy for us that after a gap of two years, three adult females gave birth and proved that newly established of rhino population at Manas has resilience and natural vigor to grow itself. During this period Jamuna gave birth her second calf on 3rd September. Following Jamuna, R15 gave birth to her second calf at Manas on 18th September and Ganga gave birth her third calf on 15th November. All calves are well in good health.

2.      Decreasing rhino poaching in Assam

Rhino poaching has been decreasing if we compare data from last four years (Fig 1). During this year, due to strict protection measures in all rhino-bearing areas of Assam, only 12 rhino poaching cases were recorded. There were 10 rhino poaching cases in Kaziranga and two in R.G Orang NP. Manas has zero rhino poaching incident since 26th August 2016. Pobitora WLS too enjoys the consecutive third year as zero poaching years.

3.                Reduction of rhino stray incident at Pobitora WLS
Keeping rhino stray under control has been the biggest success in the current consecutive year. During 2017, only 20% stray incidents were recorded and for shorter distances. Out of the 20%, only 3 were long distance strays (10-15 KM approximately in adjacent Burha Mayong Hill Area).
s          TraMCA
This year lots of progress were made on Transboundary cooperation on TraMCA areas.  A workshop on community-based tourism (CBT workshop) on TraMCA areas was arranged in the month of June. In the month September, TraMCA 2.0 level first level discussion was arranged in New Delhi. In November, TraMCA India’s Partner arranged to discuss different burning issues on TraMCA (India part). On 21st December 12Th bilateral TraMCA level discussion was arranged in Thimphu, Bhutan.

 Community level initiatives
5     Intervention on Cooking Gas
For popularization of and interventions in clean and green energy use, a total of 37 beneficiaries of Barengabari Bodo Basti were formally handed over new LPG gas connections in an event organized by WWF-India at the Premises of Bansbari Forest Range Office, MNP on 6th July 2017. 


 Installation of Solar Street light
The formal inauguration of the 20 solar Powered street lights at the boundary of the PA to mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflict and enhance protection at night was done on 6th July 2017.