The Society for Education and Environmental Development, a non-profit organization under the guidance of a field director of the Namdapha National Park is organizing a butterfly meet from April 27-30. Official records reveal that there are 355 species of butterflies in the park. The meet will help spread awareness about role of the national park its wildlife conservation ideas.
According to the organizers, the national park is the largest protected area that falls under the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspot and is a dream destination for butterfly enthusiasts. The meet will be held with an updated checklist of butterflies of Namdapha.
With an intention to update the list, the event is organized and later on the list shall be submitted to Namdapha. They also mentioned that many organizations are working inside the park but they do not share data with the park authorities officially. The meet will be attended by butterfly enthusiasts from all over the country. The event will be guided by renowned butterfly expert Peter Smetacek, who is the founder of Butterfly Research Centre, Bhimtal, in Uttarakhand. Other butterfly experts such as Nawangla Bhutia from Sikkim and Monsoon Jyoti Gogoi from Assam have confirmed their participation.
The event is supported by local MLA and minister for food and civil supply and water resources Kamlung Mosang and entrepreneur Hazel Mosang through her travel agency Dapha Tours and Travels.