Greater Manas | WWF
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Greater Manas

The Greater Manas Landscape covers an incredible array of the habitat and wildlife diversity across Bhutan.

In the south it runs along the Bhutan-India border where it connects with the Brahmaputra Landscape and wild tigers can cross from one country to another across the Eastern Himalayas. The rivers that cascade down its mountain range brings life to communities living upstream and downstream in both countries.

Concerted efforts on wildlife conservation by the Royal Government of Bhutan in partnership with WWF and others have seen tiger numbers increasing. In Royal Manas National Park, the population more than doubled from 2010 to 2018, from 10 tigers to 22. The joint tiger monitoring in Bhutan and India is a testament to the transboundary collaboration and commitment to the global goal of doubling wild tigers.

As the population of the country expands, the challenge of human wildlife conflict is growing here, whilst poachers travelling across the border from neighbouring countries continue to pose a threat. 

WWF will continue to support coordination between Bhutan and India as well as work in partnership with the government to improve protected area management, finance, and protection. We are also deploying innovative tools to tackle human-wildlife conflict and working to maintain biological corridors so wildlife can move through the landscape.