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).