Managing landscapes

Mobilizing community participation

Conserving Biodiversity

Breaking news!

Tizu Valley Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Network wins special recognition under MoEFCC-UNDP 2018 awards for Sustainable Use of Biological Resources!

First ever Biodiversity Meet hosted in Nagaland by our local communities

Morungexpress 24 May 2018 | Nagalandpost 24 May 2018
Picture credit for this should be Shireesh Joshi

Possibly a new range extension to India !

The local community of Kivikhu surrendered their guns and laid them at the altar of the local church as a sign of their commitment to halt hunting and engage in conservation!

Conserving with communities IN Zunheboto, Nagaland

In Nagaland, traditional conservation and wise-use practices have helped protect biodiversity over the centuries. Despite this, rampant hunting, forest degradation and tree felling are greatly threatening the State’s biodiversity. The revival of traditional conservation practices through the creation of Community-Conserved Areas (CCAs), however, offers hope for conservation, as communities set aside parcels of forests within productive, jhum (shifting cultivation) landscapes.

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Objectives

  • Mobilise support for the formation of CCAs including larger networks of contiguous forest patches in Zunheboto district
  • Revive traditional conservation practices (e.g. hunting bans during the breeding season)
  • Carry out ecological assessments of these CCAs
  • Develop community-based ecotourism initiatives
  • Formalise and mainstream a network of CCAs along with the Nagaland Government and Forest Department.

Documentation of Traditional knowledge

The people of the villages especially the youth are themselves documenting the birds, butterflies, mammals, moths, herpetofauna and insects of the area.

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Training Programs for the Local Communities

Training of local youth in bird, butterfly and moth identification

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Spreading the
Word

We hope to expand this initiative in three villages of Nagaland, not only to neighbouring villages in the Satakha area of Zunheboto but to other villages across Nagaland.

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Team

Dr. Pia Sethi
Mr. Siddharth Edake
Mr. Yatish Lele
Mr. Sanjay Sondhi
frances Ms. Vidhu Kapur

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