For last three years Green Heritage has been conducting Dolphin Survey at the Subansiri River.Last year also Green Heritage carried out a two day survey on January 28 & 29.The program was supported by the Assam Science Technology & Environment council (ASTEC),The survey team recorded 20 river dolphin in six different places of the river, spread over a distance of 100 Kms.
Green Heritage also conducted an awareness campaign among the riverside dwellers by distributing pamphlets entitled-"LETS CONSERVE RIVER DOLPHINS".
Green Heritage Demanded that the entire area covering Khabalu - Ghagarmukh in Lakhimpur district be declared as dolphin sanctuary.
Save Our Rivers, Forests
Upstream of the River Subansiri.About twelve years ago "Green Heritage" strongly opposed the construction of Big Dam in North East In dia.At that time “Green Heritage” sent an appeal to the
Chairman and Managing Director of NHPC to not
destroy and to conserve the biological diversity of the River Subansiri. The Copy of which was sent to the then Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was the Chairman of Indian wildlife Board.
Akhil Gogoi addressing Sadan committee
But the present scenario has changed .More and more local groups such as Peoples Movement for Subansiri Brahmaputra Valley(PMSBV),River Basin Friends and TMPK have been raising concerns.The serious issue has also captured the attention of the All Assam Student Union(AASU).
But the central Government and the Delhi based power mafia group is quite reluctant to think about the fragile eco system and the dawn stream impact of the lower Subansiri. Recently an all party parliamentary group have visited the dam site.
Say No to Lower Subansiri project.
After completing the survey a public hearing meeting was held in North Lakhimpur , where representatives of many organizations have submitted memorandum to the parliamentary group.
Ultimately the parliamentary group has submitted the final report to the Chief minister Mr.Tarun Gogoi.The Sadan committee has advised him to stop the construction of 2000 MW lower Subansiri project until a
proper downstream impact assessment is completed. But till today the construction is going on.
Read an Article of Neeraj vagholikar -
on the 2000MW Lower Subansiri Project.
Participatory Approaches to the Agro biodiversity Conservation in Assam
Assam Agricultural University (AAU) in collaboration with Wageningen International,
(WI) The Netherlands organized a district level Diversity Fair in association with GREEN HERITAGE at Gagaldubi under Boginodi block of Lakhimpur
High Court virdict in favour of Nature lovers of Lakhimpur
Satajan Wetland is known for the large presence of the migratory and residential birds, located about 8 km in the junction of National Highway-52 and the Dejoo-kimin road.For last few years there has been a bone contention between a group of fishery enterpreneurs and the local nature loving people.A case was filed at the Guwahati High Court over the dispute.
It may be recolled that "GREEN HERITAGE" has been campaigning for the preservation of the Satajan Wetland and it’s promotion to a reserved bird Sanctuary over the last eight years with active support from the local villagers.Ultimately the virdict of Guwahati High Court goes in favour of nature lovers of this region.Vide notification Memo No.690-595/PIL Dtd 24-02-2010 Hon’ble Court ordered the concerned authority of State Government to take a decision with regard to constitution of Bird Sanctuary/Community Reserve in the water body
Bird watching programme on the eve of National Bird Day on 12 November
Stajan Wetland and Green Heritage
The Satajan Wetland (Beel), a unique habitat of aquatic flora and fauna. The area of the wetland is 34 acres out of which 21 acres of land under NF Railway. Besides three species of endangered turtles, Green Heritage, has recorded as many as 34 species of residential and 13 species of long distance and altitude migratory birds and more than twenty five species of fish fauna in the wetland during 2007-08 . The bird survey is conducted every year under Asian Water Bird Census of Indian Bird onservation Network, Bombay Natural History Society. The Satajan Wetland is known as the breeding ground of lesser and Large Whistling Teal, White Breasted Water Hen, Bronze Winged Jacana.Satajan Wetland is also the nesting ground of Indian Purple moorhen and coots over the years and the visiting site of the endangered white eyed pochard, a migratory bird comes from the Siberian Pacific belt. Large number of students, researchers and Nature lovers of the country used to visit the wetland during the winter season each year for Ecological and Biodiversity study. Regular Bird watching programmes used to organize by Green Heritage where basic training has been provided to students and local people regarding bird identification.
World Wetland Day observed at Satajan Wetland
Green Heritage Celebrates World Wetland Day on 2nd February and National Bird Day on 12 November each year to create awareness among common people on wetlands conservation. Green Heritage has drawn the attention of the national and international organizations and Scientist for the cause of Satajan.
Darter Anhinga melanogaster at Satajan Wetland.
The disturbances caused by the fishermen, are gradually destroying the natural habitat of many bird species. If urgent steps are not taken by concerned authority to protect and conserve the wetland , the area will soon become degraded and in the process a great diversity of fauna will be lost.