Saturday, 5 June 2021

 World Environment Day message from Reverend. Nuklu Phom, Whitley Award Winner, 2021 from Nagaland

Now more than ever before, we need the participation and cooperation of all groups to come together for the environment, stresses Rev. Phom. He speaks of how conservation is not to be left only to some, but has to be collaborative effort between governments, NGO's, scientists and most importantly local communities living in villages and being closest to nature. This can happen through sustainable landuse policies and income generation schemes that do not harm the environment. Reverend Nuklu speaks about the 3 C's (Conduciveness of soils, Compatibility of crops to local conditions and Climate adaptability) which will help towards sustainable growth and development that does not poison and destroy the environment in the villages.

Drawing on the knowledge gained from elders in his community, he asserts the wonderful motto of ‘Give to Receive’ that needs to be applied to the environment too. Unless we give support to the environment, we will not receive its gifts anymore.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

NCCAF to organise photography and drawing competition


The Morung Express, NAGALAND1st June 2021

Dimapur, June 1 (MExN): The Nagaland Community Conserved Areas Forum (NCCAF) will be organising photography (selfies) and drawing competition to mark World Environment Day which falls on June 5.

The event will be conducted in collaboration with the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) & Nagaland Empowerment of People through Energy Development (NEPeD), the forum’s secretary Tehomeli Phom informed in a press release on Tuesday.

Participants have been asked to submit selfie pictures with nature or drawings on conservation of nature based on the theme ‘what they see in the forest and what they want to see in the forest,’ the release stated.  It also requested all the registered Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) to conduct the programme at their respective CCA areas and send the participant's presentation along with their details. Results will be declared during the forum’s virtual conference on June 5.

Further, it informed that the meeting link for the conference would be shared in the forum’s WhatsApp group. For more information and guidelines, one can contact any of the forum office bearers. The forum also requested all the churches across Nagaland to share the importance of conservation in their sermons on June 6 on account of World Environment Day.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Webinar Series: Community In Conservation

Dear All,

We are inviting you to our webinar “Community Conserved Areas Initiatives in Arunachal Pradesh” on 24th September 2020, at 4.00 PM.

The Western Arunachal Landscape (WAL) is located in the West Kameng and Tawang districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The landscape is best known for the presence of a wide variety of rhododendron species, estimated at 32 species and five subspecies. It is also home of the elusive red panda and the snow leopard, apart from 13 other threatened and vulnerable species of vertebrates. Mr. Pema Wange will walk us through the Community Conserved Areas initiatives in WAL.


Mr. Pema Wange, Senior Project Officer, WWF, India (WAL) Arunachal Pradesh

To Join the Webinar please follow the below link:

Meeting ID: 830 5899 5107

Password: 189105

We are looking forward to having you on the webinar.

Also, kindly share this message to anyone in your network who you feel might be interested in attending.

For any further queries, please contact 7022145792, 7893820929 or mail us at

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Nagaland: Locals rescue trapped pangolin; releases it to the wild

Injured Chinese pangolin found in hunter's trap, rescued by local residents of Benreu village in Peren district of Nagaland; video goes viral, wins hearts

Local residents of Benreu village under Peren district of Nagaland rescued an injured Chinese pangolin that was found in a hunter's trap. The incident occurred on Tuesday when the youths from the village set out to repair an irrigation canal.

In viral videos that circulated online, the residents are seen cutting off a wire that trapped the mammal around the leg. The locals then cleaned the pangolin that was covered in mud from a nearby stream.

Then identifying the wounded parts, the locals applied medicines on the pangolin and then released it back into the wild. A video of the residents treating the injured pangolin and releasing it back to the wild forest also surfaced online.

The rescue of the mammal in Benreu village has won the hearts of many. It has garnered 28K views online in less than 24 hours.

As reported earlier, four persons from Peren surrendered to the wildlife wing of the Nagaland department of environment, forest and climate change after a video which depicted the ruthless killing of wild animals including Barking deer and large Indian civet cat went viral in second-third week of the month.

Published in Eastmojo, 25 June 2020

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Tizu Valley Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Network

Surrounded by blue mountains and dense forests intermingled with golden-hued jhum farm patches. Tizu Valley Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Network is located on the bank of Tizu River, one of the main river drainage in Nagaland which flows through the landscape. Tizu Valley Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Network is a joint Community Conserved areas of three villages namely Sukhai, Kivikhu and Ghukhuyi. The sub-tropical wet hill forest primarily overlapping with the sub-tropical pine forest, and represents a wide range of flora and fauna and acts as an important green corridor between the biodiversity rich forests of Satoi range and other biodiversity rich area that harbor endangered and threatened species like the Blyth's Tragopan (Tragopan blythii), Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) and Wild Dog (Cuon alpinus). The forest is the place of origin of Kutu, Yayi, Loyi, Sumukhu, Lipi and Yai feeder streams of Tizu River and the river Tizu is home to many native fish species and other aquatic life. 

The Tizu River and its surrounding forests have been strained by destruction of forest, uncontrolled hunting, soil erosion, over exploitation of fishes, causing fast depletion of fish population, wildlife and the forests resources. In the fear of losing native fishes and wildlife, initially Sukhai village council has passed a village resolution and declared 789 hectares of forests as CCAs and banned hunting, felling of trees and use of any destructive fishing technique in the Tizu River. Subsequently to ensure conservation of large contiguous forest areas, neighbouring villages Kivikhu and Ghukhuyi has joint efforts and declared 204 hectares and 370 hectares respectively and formed the joint CCAs to conserve around 1363 hectares altogether.

  • An avian survey revealed presence of more than 200 species of birds including rare and threatened species like Naga Wren Babbler, Hodgson's Frogmouth, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Rufous-throated Partridge, Mountain Bamboo Partridge, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, White-crested Laughing Thrush.

  • The sub-tropical forest supports threatened species such as Chinese Pangolin, Slow Loris, Wild Dog, Fishing Cat, Yellow-throated Martin, Ferret Badger, Goral, Red Giant Flying Squirrel etc.
  • Additionally, the forests of Tizu Valley are blessed with spectacle butterfly diversity. More than 200 species of butterflies' species have been recorded from the areas including rare species such as Naga Emperor, Rufous Silverline, Naga Sapphire, Great Nawab, Wizard, Five-bar Swordtail etc.

  • Among the reptile Burmese Python, Red-necked Keelback, Green Trinket Snake, Banded Krait, King Cobra, Pope s Pit Viper and many other interesting species are recorded from this place.