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The Amur Falcon campaign- ‘one of the biggest & unique conservation efforts’

Flocks of Amur Falcon converge at a roosting site.
Dimapur, October 27: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force, M. Lokeswara Rao has visited the Amur Falcon migration site and roosting area around Doyang and Pangti Area. Doyang is one of the biggest roosting site in Nagaland.

A press note received here stated that the PCCF and HOFF was amazed to see the lakhs of Amur falcon birds roosting on the tress near Pangti.  He met the village elders, students, fisherman communities, NGOS and forest staff.  Also, meeting the Forest Protection Force who are patrolling the roosting areas round the clock, he appreciated their sincere and dedication work in protection of Amur Falcons. He also appreciated the people of Pangti and other surrounded villages for their sincere efforts in protecting Amur Falcons sacrificing the livelihood. Many NGOs like Natural Nagas and wildlife trust of India and friends of Amur Falcon, Green foundation, all other NGOS, students of Pangti village, village councils are helping in this conservation movement of Amur Falcon.

 “This is one of the biggest conservation efforts taken up by the forest Department with the help of local community in the village community lands,” he said.

The PCCF and HOFF thanked all the church pastors for their support and also said that church has played an important role and requested all churches in Nagaland to spread conservation movement during by devoting time during devotional service. The note mentioned that this is one of the “unique conservation movement” in the world where church is involved in conservation.

The PCCF and HOFF has informed that Forest department has taken all measure for protection of Amur Falcon, to spread the conservation of Amur Falcon. It was stated that because of whole hearted support of every one not as single bird is killed this time. Because of the advance action of the chief wildlife warden of the wildlife wing of the Forest department we are seeing the success. This year Amur falcon was sighted in Nuland area, Longleng, Changtongya of Mokokchung.

The PCCF and HOFF informed that to have permanent solution of livelihood issues, the ecotourism can be developed, tourists will come during migration to see the spectacular roosting area and local people can earn their livelihood from ecotourism. It was also informed that the area also can be declared as community reserve for protection of biodiversity including Amur Falcon. Since Nagaland has caught in the world map because of Amur falcon, there should be integrated development of the area involving, forest, fisheries, Rural Development and Tourism department so that local people can do away from hunting of birds.

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