Tizu Valley Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Network wins special recognition under MoEFCC-UNDP 2018 awards for Sustainable Use of Biological Resources!
The moth species Krananda lucidaria Leech, 1897 has been spotted in village Kivikhu, Zunheboto which is possibly a new range extension to India. The current geographical range is W. and S. China, N. Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo. Image credits: Sanjay Sondhi.
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!
Documentation of Community Conserved Areas of Nagaland
A Not-so-rare Species: Sightings of Mandarin Ratsnakes, Euprepiophis mandarinus (Cantor 1842), in the Zunheboto District of Nagaland, India
Treading a Conservation Path — Community Reserves in Zunheboto, Nagaland
Unsteadily, we inch our way along the narrow trail on the edge of the mountain, peering cautiously over the edge in search of the elusive spot-breasted parrotbill (Paradoxornis guttaticollis).
An Unexpected Raid: A Tale of Communities and Conservation from Nagaland
were the words from a youth belonging to Sema tribe of Sukhai village from Nagaland, after they had caught people from the neighbouring villages fishing in their river.
Organisation of ecotourism training 6-13th December: Add in news section
The last formal training as part of the GEF-Satoyama was held from 6th to 13th December. Sanjay Sondhi of Titli Trust along with Yatish Lele and Pia Sethi of TERI acted as the facilitators.
Organization of the second resilience training workshop in the project villages (Add in news section) The second assessment of the resilience workshop for SEPLS was undertaken in the project area to map the impact of the project on the landscape.
Organisation of first Chengu festival by Sukhai visit on January 7th- 9, 2019
The sustainability of the community conservation initiative in the three villages sponsored by GEF Satoyama via Conservation International is now quite evident from a biodiversity....
An Experimental Eco-Tourist in Nagaland
In the last week of October, I found myself sitting under the stars by a roaring fire in Sukhai village, high in the forested hills of Nagaland’s Zunheboto district.
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.Read More
- 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.Read more
Training Programs for the Local Communities
Training of local youth in bird, butterfly and moth identificationRead more
Dr. Pia Sethi
Pia is an ecologist who likes nothing more than wandering the forests of North-East India, stopping to admire a brightly hued flowering shrub or catch a fleeting glimpse of a gold-patterned babbler. Pia is especially interested in how hunting of large-bodied birds and animals impacts the dispersal and regeneration of tropical forests. Her PhD work in Pakke, Arunachal Pradesh on impacts of hunting hornbills led to her interest in ways to reduce hunting in north-eastern forests and in community conservation. This project in the hills of Zunheboto with the Sema tribe is the first time she has worked directly on community conservation. When Pia is not working on ecology related issues, she helps her husband with the running of a shelter for dogs, reads and paints (the town red!).
Mr. Siddhart Edake
Holds Master’s degree in Biodiversity with specialization of Forest Ecology and Wildlife Biology from Garware College, University of Pune and has 9+ yrs of work experience in environment, biodiversity and wildlife conservation handling projects at the field level as well as those that influence policies for conservation. Currently, he is employed at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) as an Associate Fellow in Forestry and Biodiversity division working on conceptualisation and developing project proposals related to biodiversity documentation, assessment and habitat conservation, coordinating and participating with project teams, preparing reports, making presentations related to the field of Forestry & Biodiversity, securing funding from the concerned organization/government department, liaison with diverse stakeholders to ensure the successful completion of these projects within the stipulated deadline.
Sanjay Sondhi is a Dehradun-based naturalist and founder trustee of Titli Trust (www.titlitrust.org), which is primarily focussed on conservation education and outreach, conservation research and action and supporting alternate livelihoods such as community-based nature tourism in the Himalayas.
Mr. Yatish Lele is currently engaged as a Research Associate for the Centre for Biodiversity and Ecosystem services under the Forestry and Biodiversity division of TERI. He is closely associated with the institute for the more than 3 years. Working on the theme of achieving sustainable development he is more focused on biodiversity, wildlife conservation and environmental issues. His primary projects are related to biodiversity documentation, assessment and habitat conservation, developing action plans, coordinating and participating with project teams and preparing reports. In the urban context, he has prepared Environmental status report for several Municipal Corporation and also worked in developing state level statistical reports on the quality of Air and Water quality in Maharashtra in association with MPCB (Maharashtra Pollution Control Board).