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News: The Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, India is set to become a tiger reserve, according to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

 However, this has caused concerns amongst Idu Mishmi tribes who believe that declaring Dibang as a TR will reduce their access to forest

 It was derived its name from The Dibang River, a tributary of the Brahmaputra River.
 It is located adjacent to the Mouling National Park, Dibang WLS was established in the 1980s. Later in 1988, as per the guidelines of UNESCO, together these areas became part of the Dibang Biosphere Reserve, one of the major biodiversity hotspots of the world.
 Vegetation - Temperate broad-leaved forests, temperate conifer forests (Rhododendron, Bamboo, Gregaria, Tsuga, etc.), and alpine vegetation at higher altitudes
 Fauna - Mishmi takin, Asiatic black bear, tigers, Gongshan muntjac, Red panda, Red goral, and Musk deer.

Who are IDU Mishmis?
 They are a sub-tribe of the Mishmi group (the other two Mishmi groups are Digaru and Miju) in Arunachal Pradesh and have a strong connection to the region’s flora and fauna.
 As per Idu mythology, tigers are their “elder brothers,” and their belief system of myths and taboos protects many animals, including a prohibition on killing tigers.
 Idu Mishmis are an example of a ‘cultural model of conservation’ and they support wildlife protection.

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