India, Nepal, Bhutan plan trans-border conservation area

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News:India, Nepal and Bhutan have drafted a memorandum of understanding to create a trans-boundary wildlife conservation ‘peace park’.

Facts:

About the Park:

  • The proposed Park will include biodiversity-rich landscapes in adjoining areas of the three countries.
  • The park will be an extension of the Manas National Park as there is already one trans-boundary Protected Area in India and Bhutan which includes the Manas landscape of Assam.
  • The initiative was started by India keeping in view the migratory wildlife species in the region especially elephants.

Additional information:

About Manas National Park:

  • Manas National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, Project tiger reserve and a biosphere reserve.
  • The park shares a common border with the Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan.
  • The park is home to many endangered species like Assam roofed turtle, golden Langur, hispid hare and pygmy hog.It is also famous for its wild water buffaloes
  • The park is located on the Manas river which is a major tributary of Brahmaputra.

Other National Parks in Assam:

  • Dibru-Saikhowa National Park,
  • Kaziranga National Park,
  • Nameri National Park,
  • Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park.