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1 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society A novel development in Biodiversity Conservation is taking place in Arunachal Pradesh….

2 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society The region was environmentally studied during the 1980s from the geology, to geomorphology, to pedobiology, to limnology, to ichthiology, to entomology, to zoology, to botany, to anthropology, to atmospherics, to socio-economics, to climatics…

3 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society This indicated that Northeast India lies at the trijunction of THREE different biographical plates:  the Laurasian,  the Ethiopian and  the Oriental, sheltering some of the world’s most unique biodiversity.

4 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society The needs of the community and the benefits of conservation were widely discussed with the Sherdukpen Clan leaders… …resulting in the Sherdukpen Clan of the State resolving to set aside a large tract of their community land for the purpose of conservation of flora and fauna.

5 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society Rural/Urban One example of what can be done with environmental information... Decision Making Environmental Concerns Multi-Stakeholder Human Problems Accurate Information Logical Deduction + emotional concerns Real/Motivated Personal/Political Compromise solution includes dialogue Factual Inputs Local, State, National, International Levels Implementation and Enforcement

6 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society It is with a view to protecting what little forest remains that this presentation is made. The thrust has been information dissemination, convincing of locals and empowering them so that there can be some hope of success.

7 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society We are now physically preserving large tracts of primary rain and cloudforests as well as regenerating denuded areas through locals. Without plantations.

8 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society Insurgency & the Environment Open conflict, declared or undeclared war, insurgency, militancy, & terrorism debilitate governments. Governments, politicians and outside interest groups have fled from the problems Vast environmental resources left to insurgents

9 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society Almost ALL of North Assam’s Government Reserved Forests in N.E. India have been decimated to the almost non-existent stage, on the pretext of settling “Insurgents”. UNDP DECLARED ENVIRONMENTAL HOTSPOT: EASTERN HIMALAYA And all this in that ecological kaleidoscope, the UNDP DECLARED ENVIRONMENTAL HOTSPOT: EASTERN HIMALAYA.

10 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society Usual Needs & Benefits JOBS Capacity Building. Poverty Alleviation Motivate & train communities to self sustain project Keep peace by removing one underlying cause of conflict—unemployment

11 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society Possible Solutions: Go in with an ICDP plan. Bottom up approach—ask local people what they want Convince local leaders of benefits. Takes time. Be prepared for reverses. Start small. Get moving. Find funding for initial stages. Make it self sustaining. Religion, Culture, Peace & Environment - a powerful implementation & enforcement Religion, Culture, Peace & Environment - a powerful foursome. Add implementation & enforcement. It works.

12 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society replicable This process is highly replicable in most rural areas with local adaptations. The project is envisaged to be a model for community forests in the Northeast where a large tract of forest area is outside of State Government control Huge conservation areas can be developed benefiting local people without bureaucracy, red tape and corruption.

13 Sherdukpen Community Conservation Area Meghalaya Environment and Wildlife Society Further details: Peter Thorose, Secy, MEWS-INDIA Thank You


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