Bokakhat, Assam, March 3, 2017: IFAW-WTI organised an interactive session on wildlife conservation with eminent conservationist, filmmaker and artist Prasanta Kumar Bordoloi at the Jogananda Dev Satradhikar Goswami (JDSG) College on February 27. Titled ‘Voice for Conservation’, the session was conducted in collaboration with the college’s Kaziranga Study Centre.
Veteran conservationist, filmmaker and artist Prasanta Kumar Bordoloi addresses the audience at JDSG College, Bokakhat
Mr Bordoloi, who is also an honorary wildlife warden, shared his experiences in wildlife conservation with mediapersons, academicians, NGOs and students of JDSG and CNB colleges during the event. In his keynote address he spoke about learning to pay attention not only to the biodiversity that exists in Protected Areas, but that which people experience on their doorsteps on a daily basis, e.g. birds, snakes and butterflies.
Mr Bordoloi showcased his documentary films on the biodiversity and butterflies of Assam, and presented a very interesting film wherein he subjected himself to a snakebite and documented the effects of the venom. The screenings were followed by an interactive session wherein he discussed issues related to human-elephant conflict, big cat conservation, and wildlife in human habitats.
Earlier, Mr Bordoloi, along with Jitu Sharma Rajkhowa, President of the All Assam Journalists Association and Bokakhat Sub-division Journalists Association; senior journalist Bhabananda Kalita and JDSG College Principal Dr Jayanta Gogoi were felicitated during the inaugural session of the event.
“Having an eminent wildlife conservationist like Mr Bordoloi here is a great opportunity for the college and its students”, said Mr Jayanta Kumar Gogoi during his welcome address.
Other mediapersons present on the occasion were Uttam Saikia, honorary wildlife warden and senior journalist, Debashish Baruah, Dibyajyoti Hazarika, and Sudipta Tamuli. Pallabi Chakraborty of WWF - India, Arif Hussain of Aaranyak, and Manoj Gogoi and his team from the Corbett Foundation were among the NGO representatives who attended the event.
The session ended with a vote of thanks by Wildlife Trust of India’s Deputy Director Dr Rathin Barman. Expressing his appreciation for Mr Bordoloi’s conservation achievements, Dr Barman asserted that events of this nature, which brought the media fraternity, academicians, NGOs and students together, would go a long way towards furthering the cause of wildlife conservation in Assam.