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Conservation Himalayas Activities in India

The Uttarakhand region of the northwestern Himalayas in India has a rich biodiversity all across its landscapes, particularly in its terai-bhabar region in its southern edge. The wildlife biodiversity in the terai-bhabar belt of Uttarakhand is found in Corbett National Park and the Rajaji National Park as well as all across its landscapes from the Asan barrage conservation reserve at Kalsi in the extreme west up to Sharda river in the extreme east bordering with western Nepal.

Poaching, forest fire and wildlife body part trade continue to remain as serious threats to the wildlife in the Uttarakhand region. Illegal poaching of leopards and prey animals occurs in the tiger range areas of Uttarakhand state raising the level of threats to the endangered tiger (Panthera tigri tigris) population in its terai-bhabar tiger range areas. In the recent years, the human population in the fringe villages along the terai-bhabar  belt in Uttarakhand shows signs of increase coupled with illiteracy and poverty, and their dependency on the local natural resources in the form of cattle grazing, fuel wood and fodder collection is on the rise. Threats to the tiger population are on rise as some of the recent tiger deaths particularly in the buffer zone areas of the reserve forests in the terai tiger habitats have reportedly been found to have links with poaching and tiger body part trade related activities (tiger skins, bones confiscated in village Fatehpur at Haldwani under the Ramnagar Forest Division. The poachers confessed their tiger poaching activity at a place, GPS coordinates: N 29º 14.627’ and E 079º 27.877’ in the reserve forest under the Fatehpur forest range of the Ramnagar Forest Division).

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Conservation education programme are aimed at:

  1. Increasing community awareness about the significant value of conserving and protecting  wildlife and its natural habitat;
  2. Building community capacity through training and conservation feedback support to become local stewards to protect wildlife from the impending threats of poaching and save their depleting natural habitat;
  3. Training the women’s groups in the fringe villagers with the skill and feedback to understand their potential role in the conservation of the natural resources they depend on for their livelihood.

 

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In Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, India, poaching, habitat loss and increasing cases of leopard attacks on cattle and human beings create a sense of concern among local tribal communities and forest authorities who consider leopards as man eaters and often make efforts to either kill or trap the leopards. The human-leopard conflict (HLC) is on rise in this high altitude region. Conservation Himalayas has recently launched a small project to identify the HLC sensitive areas in Kinnaur Himalayan region through a HLC fact finding survey and carry out a community based HLC mitigation and big cat conservation awareness campaign through conservation education and HLC mitigation capacity building training.

The Kinnaur district (77° 45' and 79° 00' 35'' East Longitude and 31° 05' 50''  and 32° 05' 15'' North Latitude) of Himachal Pradesh, India is surrounded by Tibet in its north-eastern boundary and characterized by a mountainous landscape, alpine vegetation dominated by Cedrus deodara and diverse fauna. Common leopard, snow leopard, musk deer, black bear, blue sheep are the main wild taxa distributed throughout its varied elevation from 2345m in the Satluj valley to 6416m. in the higher passes. It’s human population of nearly 80 thousands is scattered in 660 villages. Poaching occurs in many villages in winter months when snow covers the area and many wildlife migrates to lower ranges. During the last few years, leopard attacks on cattle and human beings have increased with 50 to 60 cases of attacks occurring in last two years. The human-leopard conflict (HLC) is gradually increasing in Kinnaur frightening the communities in many villages.

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Human-Leopard Conflict (HLC) Area Mapping in Kinnaur

In Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, India, poaching, habitat loss and increasing cases of leopard attacks on cattle...

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