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