ACTIVITIES OF THE WILDLIFE WING
Keeping in view of the National Wildlife Action Plan (2002-2016), the Wildlife Sector has taken up some major initiatives programmes limited not only to the PAs and other ex-situ conservation centers but also outside the PAs for protection and conservation of saving critically endangered species and its habitats and initiated specific species/ habitats recovery programmes such as protection and conservation of migratory bird Amur falcon, hoolock gibbon, great Indian hornbill, tragopan bird, protection and management of elephants in the wild and in captivity, etc. Other programme such as conservation awareness, mitigation human-wildlife conflicts, capacity enhancement activities, eco-development programmes under CSS are [Project Elephant, Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats, for Protected Areas, Amur Falcons, Human-Animals Conflict, Community Reserves]. Breeding of critically endangered species, housing of captive animals of local, regional and national importance are put at the Nagaland Zoological Park. However, the CSS funding are basically for the habitat manipulation and augmentation of the PA’s resources, i.e., Management of PAs.
The objective of the Wildlife Wing is to provide adequate protection to wildlife in multiple use areas (MUAs) and recognizing that there are several traditional community-initiated and driven conservation programme, and supporting such areas to ensure coverage to the neglected ecosystems and widening the focus of conservation beyond the frontiers of conventional PAs. A recent encouraging trend seen in Nagaland in the field of wildlife management is the realization of the importance of fauna and flora by various communities in the State. Many villages have taken up conservation initiatives in their community land by declaring their areas as Community Reserves, banning hunting, use of explosives and chemicals for fishing and banning of bush fire and destruction of the forests. The Wildlife Wing is encouraging and supporting such initiatives by the Communities.
Another important achievement is – Safe passage of Amur falcon (Falco amurensis): The State Forest Department with the support of NGOs such as Nagaland Wildlife & Biodiversity Conservation Trust, Natural Nagas, Wildlife Trust of India, the Administration and the Villagers (stakeholders) protected the birds from mortality by adopting protection strategies such as deployment of Forest Armed Protection Force (wildlife) at the site who had carried out patrolling round the clock. Besides, the Department had also taken up massive campaign of awareness, education and sensitization from village to village, Church to Church, door to door and school to school. The Department also organized marathon race for protection and safe passage of the birds during migration. The Department with the NGOs formed volunteers a “Friends of Amur Falcons” and youth volunteers to assist the Department.
The Forest Department, with the help of the stakeholders has proven the concept of Community-based Wildlife Protection by providing safe passage for Amur falcon thereby Nagaland becomes known as the Falcon Capital of the World and hence Nagaland is declared as safe haven for these migratory birds Amur falcons. UNEP-CMS and Bombay Natural Forest History Society had appreciated the efforts of Forest Department. And for this achievement, the Forest Armed Protection Force (wildlife) received Governor Commendation Certificate for protection of Amur Falcons.
CHALLENGES AND THREATS TO WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT:
- Habitat Fragmentation due to commercial logging or due to human settlement.
- Poaching for bush meat for commercial and personal.
- Public apathy.
- Carrying capacity.
- Shifting cultivation.
- Land holding pattern of the State.
- Unscientific/unplanned development activities from Centrally Sponsored Schemes and no resources from the State Government of Nagaland.
ACTIVITIES OF THE WILDLIFE WING DURING 2017-18
Training, workshops, meetings, visits: The abstract of trainings received by the officials of the wildlife wing is as follows:
|Sl. No||Name and designation of officials||Training discipline||Duration||Venue|
|1||Shri. Satya Prakash Tripathi,
a) Good Governance (one week compulsory training
IIPA, New Delhi
|b) Regional workshop for conservation of wetlands
for Northeastern and Eastern region
|c) 12th meeting of Conference of Parties of
Convention to the Conservation of Migratory Species
|24-28/10/17||Phillipines International Development
|d) Annual Conference of Indian Zoos on the theme
“Vision 2030 of Zoos in India‟
|18-22/12/2017||Shri. Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens,
|2||K. Caroline||Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation
(one week compulsory training for IFS officers)
Ao Veterinarian, Nagaland Zoological Park,
|Capacity Building of Indian Zoo veterinarians on
animal health management in captivity
|National Zoological Park,
Zoo Biologist, Nagaland Zoological Park,
|Middle level officials training programme||11/12/17
|Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park,
|5||Suman W M Sivachar,
Wildlife Warden, Kiphire Wildlife Division
|a) Anti-corruption and Preventive Vigilance||9-11/10/2017||SardarVallabhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA),
|b) Foreign Training of Forest Personnel –
Wildlife Management & Conservation
|Kasetsart University, Thailand (2 weeks) &
CASFOS, Dehradun, India (1 week)
|c) Integrated Approach for Sustainable
Development of Fragile Desert Ecosystem
|Arid Forest Research
Institute (AFRI), Jodhpur
Forest Ranger, Intanki National Park
|All India Tiger Estimation Workshop||08-10/01/18||Kaziranga National Park,
|b) R Aaron Yimchunger,
Forest Ranger, Intanki National Park
Forester – I, Intanki National Park
|d) V. Benyu Phom,
Forester – I, Intanki National Park
|e) Toshi Ozukum S,
Forester- I, Intanki National Park
|f) Peter Jessuhu Konyak,
Forester –I, Intanki National Park
Ms. Tilotma Varma, IPS, Additional Director and Country Head Wildlife Crime Control, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, visited the State w.e.f. 5th to 8th December 2017. She participated in the Inter Agency Co-ordination Meeting in the Conference Hall of the Forest Offices Complex, Forest Colony, Dimapur. She was the Chief Guest for Wildlife Crime Sensitisation programme at Khonoma Village on the 7th December 2017.
ACTIVITIES OF WILDLIFE DIVISION, DIMAPUR
The Wildlife Crime Control Unit.- “Maximum awareness with effective Enforcement”
- Successfully conducted Human-Animal Conflict Mitigation and Wildlife Protection Awareness Campaign Seminar Program in all the 11 Districts Head Quarters and Sub-Divisions of the State.
- Organizing of Workshop on “Understanding of North-East India Capacity Building for bear Conservation” jointly organized by the IUCN group in collaboration with the Nagaland Forest Department on 4th -5th May, 2017.
- Conducting of Wildlife Crime Sensitizing Programme (PRA) at Khonoma Vilage on 07/12/2017 in collaboration with Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, MoEFCC, Government of India, New Delhi / Kolkata / Guwahati.
- Inter Agency Co-ordination meeting held on 06/12/2017 on Wildlife Crime in collaboration with Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, MoEFCC, Government of India
- Awareness Campaign Programme for conservation of Blyth’s Tragopan held on 28/02/2017 at Khonoma Village, Kohima District, Nagaland
ACTIVITIES OF KIPHIRE WILDLIFE DIVISION
- Human animal conflict mitigation and interaction program at Fakim, Meluri,Naginimora & Yaongyimchen.
- Amur falcon conservation and awareness programs at Phuvkiu village kiphire; Shongkiu village Tuensang.
- Plantation drive at Fakim and Thanamir.
- Celebrations of wildlife week at the following places in collaboration with the territorial divisions – Likhimro bridge near Thanamir village; El beth school Kiphire town; Yaongyimchen village; Krokropfii community conservation area Lephori; Naginimora; Hakushang school Tuensang town
- SWACHCH BHARAT PAKHWADA-cleanliness drive in kiphire wildlife warden office and forest colony, green pledge at fakim village