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Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival

Context:

The 9th edition of the Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival (PPHF), a state festival of Arunachal Pradesh, will take place at Seijosa in the Pakke Kessang district from January 18-20, 2024.

Relevance:

GS I: Festivals

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival (PPHF)
  2. Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR)

Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival (PPHF):

Inaugural Event:

  • The inaugural PPHF took place in 2015, highlighting the significant role of the Nyishi tribal group in conserving hornbills within the Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR).

Objectives:

  • Conservation Recognition:
    • Recognize Nyishi tribe’s contribution to hornbill conservation in PTR.
  • Alternative Income:
    • Generate alternative sources of income for the region.
  • Awareness Creation:
    • Raise awareness about PTR and its wonders across India.

Theme (2024):

  • Domutoh Domutoh, Paga hum Domutoh
    • Translates to ‘Let Our Hornbills Remain’ in Nyishi language.
    • Emphasizes the critical need for hornbill preservation.

Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR):

Location:

  • East Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Surrounded by Tenga Reserve Forest (North), Doimara Reserve Forest (West), and Nameri National Park (South).

Ecological Significance:

  • Forms a transition zone between Indian and Malayan ecoregions.
  • High species diversity and endemicity.

Geographical Features:

  • North of the Brahmaputra River.
  • Transition zone between Assam plains and Arunachal Pradesh’s hilly forests.

Vegetation:

  • Tropical evergreen and semi-evergreen forest.
  • Diverse flora, including bamboo species.

Fauna:

  • Rich wildlife, including Tiger, Elephant, Leopards, Clouded Leopards, and more.

-Source: Down To Earth


 

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