Adding a new dimension to Aaranyak’s endeavour to boost up knowledge and skills on environmental education for conservation of nature, North East India’s first ever international course on applied environmental education has begun at Guwahati on 28 January, 2019. This three week long course has been organised by Aaranyak in association with Environment Education and Conservation Global (EECG) and Satpuda Foundation (India).
The inaugural event of the course was attended by Aaranyak’s Secretary General and CEO Dr. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, Dr. Bibhuti P. Lahkar, Manas Landscape Administrator and Head of ERCD, Jayanta Kumar Sarma, Environment and Development Professional, Dr. Firoz Ahmed, Head of TRCD and HRCD (Aaranyak) and Dr. Jayanta Kumar Pathak, Manager, EECB Division along with the chief course instructor Mr. Edward J Mccrea, President of EECG.
A total of 20 participants including conservation workers, forest officials and environment educators belonging to Indonesia, Nepal, Myanmar and various states of India are participating in the course, which is considered highly significant for for environmental educators and conservationists. Held under the the leadership of international environmental education expert Edward J Mccrea and Augusto Medina, the course will also have practical and field sessions at Manas and Kaziranga National Park and it will conclude on 17 February, 2019.
The programme is a joint effort of Environment Education and Capacity Building Division (EECBD) of Aaranyak in association with the Manas Tiger Conservation Programme (MTCP). EECBD is the oldest division of Aaranyak which has been working to promote eco-literacy in north east India since the inception of Aaranyak. It may also be mentioned that MTCP is a programme led by Aaranyak and being implemented in partnership with the Forest Department BTC, Wildlife Conservation Trust, Panthera and Awely, and is actively working towards improvement of protection, conservation and community well being in Manas National Park and its fringe areas.