Today hundreds of phone calls and sms flowed in from different individuals and associations of Assam. Manas, when Help Tourism started their initiative, it was 'UNESCO, World Heritage Site in Danger', it was the same till yesterday. The news of UNESCO declaring its return to World Heritage Site came in today evening. Team Help Tourism with other partners were instrumental in creating the first positive community conservation model in 2003-4, which was recognized by the then visiting UNESCO team consisting of Kishore Rao and David Shephard.
Help Tourism could hardly afford to put together a website for the purpose and the Techno DG team helped in launching 'www.manas100.com' and Ajoy Roy had helped to put together the documentary 'Manas, my land my home', which were then our only tools to let the world know of the new model 'communities in conservation', the capacities of the Bodo youths in Manas. The centenary celebrations fell in place and the active role of the BTC, Deputy Chief, Kampa Borgoyari has been exceptional, and one of the major contributions throughout to achieve this status.
Many more names and actions which have made it possible to achieve this impossible status will follow in this blog, www-manas100.com and Ajoy Roy's documentary as Part 01 and 02. But till then let's celebrate and work for the next goal to convince our NDFB friends to create a Manas Agenda to bring the world to Manas and help to make conservation the religion for all youths living around Manas.