Large scale destruction of primary forest, loss of habitat, unabated poaching of precious wildlife, lack of peoples awareness and initiatives in this Biodiversity Hotspot obliged few young minds to initiate the inception of Aaranyak, a society for biodiversity conservation in September 1989.
Aaranyak is now a leading organization in the field of biodiversity conservation in the Northeast India and is run by young professionals dedicated and committed to the cause of conservation.
The primary objectives of Aaranyak are-
Conservation awareness among mass people, students, teachers and policymakers
Community based conservation approach in fringe villages of protected areas to minimize dependence of people on bio-resource and promote sustainable development
Conduct quality research and conservation to enhance knowledge and understanding of common people towards biodiversity conservation
Curtail or eliminate illegal wildlife trade
Since its inception Aaranyak has been working relentlessly for conservation of rich biodiversity of the region. Dedicated and committed conservationists and volunteers of the society have been able to attract global attention through their persistent work and advocacy. It is one of the most active grassroot level NGO in the region and has influenced the policy making procedure through its presence in the committees like Steering Committee for Formulation of New Assam Forest Policy and Wildlife Advisory Board of the Government of Assam.
Internationally trained biologists have been exploring biodiversity in the tropical primary forest for inventory of biodiversity of the region. Considerable conservation and research work from Aaranyak has improved the conservation scenario in the region. This has been possible through commitment, dedication, cooperation and collaboration among several departments and NGOs of the region and indeed generosity of the international community.