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Brahmaputra

Amongst the many natural jewels of India, the Brahmaputra Landscape in the northeastern part of the country stands out for its lush forests and grasslands, incredible biodiversity and wide array of wildlife.

Situated on either side of the Brahmaputra River in Assam (and a small part in Arunachal Pradesh), the Brahmaputra Landscape covers roughly 65,000 km2. Some of India’s most important wildlife protected areas—including Kaziranga National Park and Manas National Park—are part of this landscape.

Brahmaputra has the world's highest density of tigers (estimated 220 individuals) the world’s largest population of greater one-horned rhinoceros (2,629 individuals) and 4,260 wild Asian elephants. The landscape is also home to 15 million people with a population density of roughly 510 per km2 jostling for space and resources.

As one of the most important areas for large mammal conservation in south Asia, the Brahmaputra Landscape has been a priority site for WWF for more than 15 years. Our efforts here focus on reducing human-wildlife conflict, translocating rhinos to rebuild declining populations, and protecting and restoring tiger range habitat.

We have made significant progress in addressing the conservation threats affecting these species, including increasing the participation of the government, civil society organisations and local communities in wildlife conservation to ensure sustainability. However, with an increasing and densely populated landscape our interventions to ensure the landscape connectivity is maintained are more critical than ever.