A step closer to securing TRAMCA
WWF’s vision to secure the Trans-boundary Manas Conservation Area (TRAMCA), in southern Bhutan, by 2015 gets clearer as new activities under the project take off with support from the Department of Forests and Park Services.
The project includes Khaling and Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuaries (KWS and PWS) and the Royal Manas National Park (RMNP). These protected areas under the project are also important for conservation of Rhinoceros, Elephants and some endangered, eastern Himalayan endemic species such as the Pygmy Hog and Hispid Hare.
Some of the more recent development in the area includes training field staff on camera trapping exercises for surveys and conducting smart patrols in the landscape. There were around 28 participants from Khaling and Phibsoo.
The three parks have also started consultative processes to share experiences and expertise to better manage the area.
Studies have also confirmed the functionality of corridors connecting the three protected areas as there are now evidences of wildlife movement through the corridors. A fish survey is also being done in RMNP. So far, a total of 42 different fish specimens have been identified.
The park now needs to develop waterholes, salt licks and watch tower and trails in consultation with the communities. Such facilities will enhance local economy through home stays, youth employment while at the same time garner community support for the conservation.