Nagaland – Conservation & Livelihoods

Implemented under the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP-II) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and funded by German Cooperation via KfW Development Bank, this 15-month project supports six forest fringe communities in reviving traditional conservation measures, designating Community Conservation Areas (CCA), and implementing regulations. Over the past year, infrastructure and livelihood investments such as rainwater harvesting units and produce-marketing sheds have benefitted approximately 300 households. Learning tours and sustainable livelihood contests facilitated community engagement, while 22 youth partners from surrounding villages were employed for planning and executing project goals as part of our grassroots ownership initiative.

This project seeks to promote community-led conservation in 15 villages on the fringe of Ntangki National Park in the Peren district of Nagaland. This forested patch of around 202 sq. km. serves as a crucial corridor for wildlife between the adjoining Kaziranga National Park and Dhansiri Reserve Forest in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam. With about 3,000 households in these fringe villages, community engagement is essential for the ecological viability of the region as a wildlife reservoir and corridor. The project aims to involve these communities in the conservation of natural resources to improve both their livelihoods and the habitat for wildlife.

 



 


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Bano Haralu

Bano is working as the Programme Manager for the Nagaland - Conservation and Livelihoods programme. She has been involved with environment conservation since returning to her home state in 2010. She pioneered a bird and wildlife survey for the Forest department leading to the publication of the book on ‘Birds of Nagaland’. In the year 2011, she co-ordinated a survey to determine the status of wildlife in the state for the Forest Department in eight locations across the state. The survey was conducted by MSc interns from NCBS Bangalore and covered eight different locations over 6 weeks in 2011. Camera traps were used for the first time in the state.

In 2012 along with a team from Conservation India she highlighted the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of the migratory Amur Falcons in Nagaland. She formed the Nagaland Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Trust in 2013 that focuses on ‘wildlife conservation education’ in Nagaland.


 

Lungsuibo

Lungsui is from the Peren District in Nagaland. He was born in Samziuram village and is currently residing in Beisumpuikam village. He belongs to the Liangmai tribe of the Zeliangrong community. After high school, he worked in Delhi and returned after 3 years to help his parents cultivate the wetland for rice. Meanwhile, he got a good opportunity to work on camera trapping inside the Intanki National Park with a research student to complete her PhD on “Effect of habitat modification on wild mammals and wildlife hunting in Nagaland”. He is also serving in the village as the  Games and Sports Secretary in the Student Union and an Executive Member of the Youth Department in the Church.


 

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