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Laos team on green trip

The Laos team at Nameri on Wednesday. Picture by Pranab Kumar Das

Tezpur: A group of 22 officers from Laos are on a weeklong visit to Assam to get lessons on conservation.

The group will study Assam's forest management, wildlife, regeneration of endangered species, eco-tourism and joint forest management and its potential in various sectors.

The team visited Guwahati zoo, Nagaon, Hojai and Kaziranga National Park for the past two days and arrived at Dharikati village near Nameri National Park in Sonitpur district on Wednesday to learn about the nursery system and forest management policies.

Chief conservator of forests P. Shiv Kumar said the team will learn about community forest management, wildlife issues, eco-tourism, national park management and wildlife law enforcement. They learnt about regeneration of degraded forest and illegal trade of wildlife, he said.

Deputy director-general, forest inspection, Laos PDR, Thongphanh Ratanalangsy, who is leading the team which includes wildlife and nature-lovers as well as customs and Interpol officials, said, "The Assam forests have good potential for tourism. The eco-tourism system of the state can also be replicated in our country."

"It is a profound system with unmatched tourism facilities which have been set up without affecting the beauty of nature. We can surely replicate it in our country," he said.

He said they were impressed by the afforestation at Dharikati and the management systems in Kaziranga.

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