TraMCA takes off

Posted on
14 March 2013
Governments met to discuss Indo-Bhutan
Trans-boundary Manas Conservation Area

Governments of India and Bhutan agreed to step up trans-border conservation action in Manas Conservation area during the first Indo-Bhutan trans-boundary meeting in Manas Tiger Reserve in India.
On 20th February, the two governments created a core group of officials from both countries to start a joint cross border action.

In cordial and open discussion, the two parties also agreed on other key steps, the modalities of which will be worked out by the Core Group. These actions include;

•    the need for join patrolling and the creation of protocols thereof 
•    the need for working together on creating a trans-border world
     Heritage site  
•    the need for joint monitoring of large mammals, (The NTCA also
     agreed to provide for equipment and capacity that may be
     needed in Bhutan for monitoring of tigers)
•    increased cooperation for stopping cross-border poaching and felling
     was emphasized
•    the need for engaging the SSB (Indian Border Police) for conservation
     action was recognized and the
     India delegation suggested opening discussions on the matter with the
     police agency
•    the need for signing the already tabled MOU on trans-border
     cooperation between the two countries

WWF made a presentation on Trans-boundary Manas Conservation Area (TraMCA). The TraMCA Action Plan was well received by the two sides and stated the need to incorporate it in the joint action plan. The two governments recognized the contributions made by WWF in the region.

The Indian delegation was led by, Dr Rajesh Gopal, Addl. Director General (DG) of Forests and Member Secretary of the NTCA. Mr. Chencho Norbu, the DG of Forests and Park Services, Royal Government of Bhutan led the Bhutan team. Among other senior officials, the PCCF of Assam and the Director of Wildlife Institute of India were also present at the meeting along with other park managers from both sides of the border. 

This indeed is big step towards creating a successful trans-border conservation action across the Indo-Bhutan border where WWF India, WWF Bhutan and two GIs (LHGI and TAI) are working together.