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Protected Areas in News: Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Maguri-Motapung wetland

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  • June 22, 2020
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Protected Areas in News: Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Maguri-Motapung wetland

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-III – Environment and Biodiversity; Protected Areas

Why in news?

  • The recent Baghjan oil blowout in Assam have affected the flora, fauna and wetlands which is close to the Maguri-Motapung wetland and the ecologically fragile Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.

Key Prelims Pointers:

  • Dibru-Saikhowa is a National Park as well as a Biosphere Reserve situated in the south bank of the river Brahmaputra in the extreme east of Assam state.
  • The park is bounded by the Brahmaputra and Lohit Rivers in the north and Dibru river in the south.
  • The forest type of Dibru-Saikhowa comprises of semi-evergreen forests, deciduous forests, littoral and swamp forests and patches of wet evergreen forests. 
  • The Park is renowned for natural regeneration of Salix trees and a safe haven for many extremely rare and endangered species of Wildlife.

Do you know?

  • National park is an area which is strictly reserved for the betterment of the wildlife & biodiversity, and where activities like developmental, forestry, poaching, hunting and grazing on cultivation are not permitted. Their boundaries are well marked and circumscribed.
  • Total number of National Parks in Assam is Five (5). Kaziranga National Park, Manas National park, Orang National Park, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Nameri National Park.

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