MoU on Wildlife Conservation in Bhutan

The Indo-Bhutan boundary in Manas
Ramki Sreenivasan

India and Bhutan are working towards an MoU on Wildlife Cooperation. The Ministry of Environment and Forests had asked the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to identify and prioritize the transboundary protected areas for effective bio-diversity conservation. Of the five such areas that were selected, Manas is one of the shortlisted areas. The 2011 World Heritage Committee monitoring mission had recommended that the continuity of the Indo-Bhutan Manas Tiger Conservation Landscape was of major importance for establishing a tiger source population that can reinforce tiger populations across the countries. Other wildlife such as the Golden Langur, gaur and elephants will also benefit from a continuous landscape. India already has an MoU with Nepal for controlling transborder illegal wildlife trade and a protocol for tiger conservation with China.

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