Save the Amazon of East
We the people of Assam are really proud to have this rainforest, which is one of India's biggest rainforest. And recently some big steps have been taken which is destroying our rainforest in many different ways.
Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts of Assam and covers an area of 111.19 km² rainforest. It is part of Assam valley tropical wet evergreen forest and consists of three parts: Jeypore, upper Dihing River and Dirok rainforest. It was declared a sanctuary on 13 June 2004. This sanctuary is also a part of Dehing-Patkai Elephant Reserve. The rainforest stretches for more than 575 km² in the districts of Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Sivasagar. A part of the forest was declared as a wildlife sanctuary by the Government of Assam, while another part falls under the Dibru-Deomali Elephant Reserve. The forest further spreads over in the Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The Dehing Patkai forms the largest stretch of tropical lowland rainforests in India. It is also known as the "Amazon of East".
It is home of semi-evergreen and lush green flora and rare fauna like Chinese pangolin, flying fox, Slow loris, Stump-tailed macaque, Assamese macaque, Rhesus macaque, Capped langur, Hoolock gibbon, Himalayan black bear etc.
It is also the only sanctuary in India which is home to seven different species of wild cats – tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, leopard cat, golden cat, jungle cat and marbled cat.
We the people of Assam are really proud to have this rainforest, which is one of India's biggest rainforest.
And recently some big steps have been taken which is destroying our rainforest in many different ways.
Evergreen rainforest Dehing Patkai, famous for its rich bio-diversity, which is already threatened by high polluting industries, such as coal mines, oil refineries, gas drilling, affecting the biodiversity of the region is facing a still graver menace. Recently the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has permitted the Coal India Limited to carryout extraction of 98.59 hectares of rainforest land in Saleki– an Elephant Reserve area, which will completely destroy the sanctuary and the habitat of many animals will also get destroyed.
Save Dehing Patkai
Many Environmentalists have started their protest against the decision of National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) for coal mining in Saleki of the Dihing Patkai Elephant Reserve.
People of Assam are also launching online protests against the Centre's decision under the banner of "Save Dehing Patkai" and "Save Amazon of East" among others.
Concerned about the impact of coal mining in the sanctuary, a social media campaign was started by ‘Moi Prokriti’, the Eco Club of Gauhati University. The students of the university came forward and took part in the campaign by posting photos holding flags, by making cartoons and illustrations and videos and posting it on various social media platforms with #SaveDehingPatkai, #MoiProkriti.
Students of Darrang college United with Tezpur law college also have started a digital campaign to stop coal mining, in a hope that government will hear and stop the coal mining.
Being a citizen of Assam We just cannot stand still and watch further devastation. Let’s stand together to save Dehing Patkai, the ‘Amazon of the East’ and raise our voice against the coal mining project and make it a national issue, so that every Indian can support us. The world cried when there was a fire in the Amazon,D Patkai in Assam is India's biggest rainforest. We cannot take any further risk with nature in the midst of what we are already going through. We should raise our voice for this too and protect our rainforest from coal mafias.