Conserving the Critically Endangered White-Bellied Heron in Assam
Conserving the White-bellied Heron and its habitat will result in conservation of several other species of plants and animals in the forests patches where they roost and breed and the river courses which are an important source of water. It is therefore a significant indicator species.
Habitat loss & degradation
Another main outcome is that three key sites will be protected and disturbance minimized, with bird sightings increased in the project area. Regular monitoring and reporting will result in better information about the species. This will also occur at an international level with information exchange between Bhutan and India resulting in better understanding of the species status as well as different approaches to heron conservation. Finally, the project will engage government and civil society to ensure sustainability in the initiative.
This project is implemented by Atree.