Kokrajhar, Jan. 15: An awareness meeting on conservation of forest and wildlife was held yesterday at Basbari in Kokrajhar for the villagers living in the vicinity of Chakrashila wildlife sanctuary.
The programme was organised by Kokrajhar wildlife division and Dawka Raja, an NGO.
The divisional forest officer, wildlife division, Kokrajhar, Mahan Chandra Brahma, attended the programme as the chief guest.
He said the meeting was organised to create awareness among the village headmen and people living in the areas surrounding the sanctuary.
He said the villagers have a far greater role in the conservation of forest, especially golden langur, which is found only in this part of the world.
“It (golden langur) is our pride. Moreover, the area is bestowed with rich bio-diversity and we need to conserve.”
He called upon all to lend a helping hand in protection and conservation of Chakrashila wildlife sanctuary, which is losing its forest cover because of unabated felling of trees.
He said the forest department was stressing the conservation of forest and wildlife and it needed collective efforts from all quarters.
The secretary of Dawka Raja, Mahesh Chandra Barman, said the NGO was working for the conservation of forest and wildlife, especially in and around Chakrashila wildlife sanctuary.
He said the NGO along the department had started a census on golden langur in the sanctuary in November. Nearly 50 per cent of the survey has been completed.
“We are working on the conservation of the wildlife and forest in association with forest department,” he said.
A villager, Chilla Rabha, said along with other animals, there are numbers of small deer in the sanctuary.
Rabha said these awareness campaigns have helped a lot. The villagers have stopped poaching and supporting conservation efforts, he added.