Save Tigers, Save Wildlife ….An Awareness programme conducted by Eastern Himalayan NaturenomicsTM School, 28th April 2019
Highlights of the Event:
- The Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ School had conducted an awareness programme, on behalf of “Journey for Tiger”, for Environment and Tiger Conservation
The programme highlighted individuals’ responsibility of saving the tigers and saving wildlife
Mr. Rathindranath Das, an explorer and wildlife activist and Ms. Gitanjali Dasgupta, had embarked on a cross-border motorcycle ridden awareness campaign titled “Journey for Tiger” on 15th February 2019. They have set a target to visit 50 Tiger Reserves and other important wildlife habitats in India and interact with local villagers and students who live in the vicinity of forests and are exposed to human-wildlife conflicts to spread awareness about wildlife. They had started their journey from Kolkata and have ridden through West Bengal and 7 north-eastern states so far.
In support of their cause, Balipara Foundation arranged for a community meet of 20 people at the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ School, 6 out of which were students from the neighbouring Balipara T.E.L.P. School, while others were representatives from Mahila Shakti Kendra (MASK), Harupeswar Foundation, Nameri Jungle Camp, Wildlife Pioneer Nature Organization and Tezpur Explorers and Promoters. Mr. Das & Ms. Dasgupta were accompanied by Mr. Dwaipayan Ghosh, spokesperson for their communication partner ‘Exploring Nature’.
With a brief introduction to Balipara Foundation and its initiatives, the programme focused on the narratives of the campaigner’s journey and their various experiences. While they spoke about tiger conversation, the session also highlighted the importance of any wildlife in an ecosystem. They pointed out the loopholes of habitat conservation strategies, like controlling the number of tourist footfalls, miscommunication between policymakers and the public and the need to focus on long-term goals (30-40 years) so that plans can continue without disruption. An interactive discussion led to the suggestion of having a synchronised pan-India network of conversationalists to learn and share about updated developments. The programme ended by addressing some questions put forward by the children in the audience.
Impacts of the event:
The campaigners threw light upon the ground realities of habitat conservation strategies and implementations
The children’s queries reflected upon the need to explain about conservation of nature and its elements at a grassroots level
A consensus was arrived upon to establish a common platform for all conservationists and enthusiasts for a unified thought process
Photographs (Credits- Sangita Deka):