Northeast Butterfly Meet Concludes

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KOKRAJHAR, OCT 26: The 7th edition of the northeast Butterfly meet was concluded on Wednesday with three day programme scheduled in Raimona National Park (RNP) in Kokrajhar district.

Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) executive member for Forest & Environment, Ranjit Basumatary inaugurated the programme at the Heritage IB, Kachugaon.

The inaugural programme was also attended by Jiron Basumatary, MLA, Gossaigaon LAC, Dharanidhar Boro, Assam Gaurav Awardee, Raju Narzary, general secretary, UPPL and many dignitaries.

The event was organized by Butterflies of North-Eastern (NE) India group in collaboration with the government of Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) and NGOs including ATREE, WWF-India, WTI, Aaranyak, SEED, flutters.org, Ngunu Ziro, BECT, BAMOS and Wiki Love Butterflies.

Nearly 100 participants from various states of India including Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Assam participated in the event.

A total of 25 students who are perusing M Sc in Wildlife Science and Research Scholars pursuing Ph D degrees from Gauhati University, and Bodoland University have also participated in the event. Six members from local EDCs were also involved in the programme to initiate butterfly tourism in Raimona National Park in BTR districts.

During the event, participants visited Pepsu and Ranga Nadi areas of Raimona National Park to observe butterflies. More than 190 species of butterflies were recorded in Raimona National Park by the participants and experts. Out of which some very interesting findings were Brown Onyx, Yerbury Sailer, Yellow Jack Sailer, Common Shot Silverline, Hooked Awlking, and Double-banded Crow and some of them are a new record for NE India (previously known till W. Bengal) stated by Dr Monsoon Jyoti Gogoi also one of the organizers. Participants have also visited the famous Ultapani area of Chirang RF and observed many other important species of butterflies.

The expert from Bhutan, Mr. Tshulthrim , the Butterfly man of Bhutan attended the event and said that there is a need of a transboundary Indo-Bhutan butterfly survey in the future and such butterfly meet with community initiative is also needed in Bhutan. Nawang G Bhutia, Butterfly man of Sikkim declared that the next edition of the Northeast butterfly meet will be held in Sikkim and Butterfly & Moths of Sikkim Nature Conservation Society (BAMOS) will host the event next year. Roshan Upadhaya, Butterfly man of Arunachal Pradesh attended the event and emphasized the tourism potential of the area and the need for more tourist guide training including jeep safari. Mr Brojo Kumar Basumatary, one of the organizers, expressed that the event aims to raise awareness about biodiversity conservation and boost tourism potential in the region. After the peace accord Bodoland has become one of the most peaceful regions and the programme will bear the message across the country stated by Mr Kamal Azad one of the organizers.

Prof. PK Saikia, Prof. Malabika Saikia Kakati of Gauhati University, Prof. Hilloljyoti Singha, Prof. Kushal Choudury of Bodoland University attended the event.

Menom Pertin of SEED, organizer of the Namdapha Butterfly meet & Mr Punyo Chada of Ngunu Ziro, organizer of the Ziro butterfly meet also attended the meet and promised to support the Northeast Butterfly meet for coming years to come.