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.