Conservation and protection of Amur Falcon and creation of alternate livelihood options

August 4, 2017

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Conservation and protection of Amur Falcon and creation of alternate livelihood options

About the Implementing organization

Name: Pangati Village Council

Country: India

Year of establishment: 2013

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization

Description

This solution is unique and innovative in its own way as it links biodiversity conservation to livelihoods and awareness generation which makes it more sustainable. Wokha district is a declared second home of the Amur falcons. In neighbouring Tamenglong, officials and wildlife lovers have won over many tribals who were earlier trapping the birds during their famous migratory journey.

Most bird catchers have turned bird lovers, and the species is recognised as friends of the tribals. The falcons eat various insects, thus helping farmers. The turnaround is a radical change from the past, when hundreds of trussed up Amur falcons would be on sale in village markets and towns, while some would be sold fried or smoked.

Nature Element

Forests / Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Disaster risk reduction / Peace and security

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

        

Environmental Impacts

Due to the initiative, over a million of birds have been protected in India which has helped conserving the biodiversity of the area and also in sustainable management of resources. Over the past 4 years, these have birds have been taken care off by the local communities..

Sustainable Development Impacts

The initiative has been helpful in protecting and restoring the ecology of the region. and in raising awareness on on the importance of conservation. Over a million of birds have been protected and the communities have been made aware of the importance of conserving the biodiversity.The creation of alternate livelihood options with strict enforcement has contributed significantly to the cause. Efficient resource management has ensured food and water security. Reduced erosional activity has resulted in disaster risk reduction in the region. This has contributed to the sustainable development actions identified above.

Scalability

The initiative could be expanded to a national scale for ensuring sustainable management of natural resources, protection of biodiversity and improved livelihoods. India, is a nation which faces multiple problems of poverty, gender inequality, population inflation, unsustainable use of the resources etc. In order to tackle such issues, innovative and unique ideas addressing the grass roots problems should be scaled up. This is one such initiative which can be implemented at local level for addressing these emerging issues in a sustainable manner.

Replicability

The efforts taken or the action could be replicated in India and other countries for biodiversity conservation, enhanced economic growth with improved livelihoods, improved ecology and environment protection and sustainable development.
The elected representatives and local institutions could be encouraged to scale up and replicate such initiatives which would also help meet the national and international priorities of a country.

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