IFS officer adds six more wetlands to Kaziranga National Park2 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
Between 2019 and 2020, IFS officer, P Sivakumar, facilitated the creation of 6 new wetlands in Chirakhowa, Potahi Beel, Bandardubi, Haldibari, and Potalchang in Kaziranga.
What is a wetland?
A wetland is an ecosystem where soil is covered by water. As such, it supports distinct aquatic life and vegetation.
It is marshy! It is swampy! It is beautiful!
Spread across 430 sq. kilometers, the Kaziranga National Park in Assam is home to a wide variety of animals and birds. This National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And for good reason!
It serves as a safe habitat for two-thirds of the rhinoceros population of the world. Tigers, elephants, deer, buffaloes, and migratory birds like the black- necked stork and the Asian openbill stork, are residents of this park. The Brahmaputra river flows alongside the Park adding to its beauty and catering to the needs of its diverse population.
This booming population of animals, and birds needs adequate water to thrive so much so that even the 190 wetlands that existed naturally in the region fell short.
Only 40 percent of these wetlands provided sufficient water all year. The others would dry up in the winter months depending on the rains received the previous year. The silt accumulated during monsoon further reduced the water carrying capacity of the wetlands. To search for water, the animals would often have to undertake long journeys sometimes venturing near human settlements putting all at risk.
There is where P. Sivakumar comes in.
P. Sivakumar is the Field Director at the Kaziranga National Park. Owing to the prevailing situation, he decided to work with the authorities to create new wetlands.
These wetlands have been created by identifying new spots, blocking the exit points of existing wetlands, and through rain water harvesting.
These new huge wetlands provide a safe habitat for wildlife, ensure water supply throughout the year, and also serve as new tourist spots for the appreciation and understanding of nature.
Locals call P. Sivakumar, Mr. Kaziranga, because of his efforts to preserve this beautiful home of wildlife.
The work doesn’t stop here though. P. Sivakumar and his department are studying the increased water capacity of the new wetlands to monitor water levels in the park. They are in the process of identifying new spots for more wetlands so that the wildlife in the Kaziranga National Park continues to thrive.
Sourced from The Better India.