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Conservation of Amur Falcon in Nagaland-Eposter presented during World Parks Congress 2014 Sydney Australia

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By EMN Updated: Nov 18, 2014 10:37 pm
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[dropcap]C[/dropcap]onservation of Amur Falcon in Nagaland a e-poster and rapid fire power point presentation has been presented by Sri M.LokeswaraRao Principal chief conservation of forests on 18.11.2014 during World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Five thousand delegates from nearly 169 countries have participated in World Parks Congress. The conservation of Amur Falcon e poster has been selected for presenting during World Parks Congress.
Eposter presentation deals with that during 2012 there was concern in international community about harvesting of Amur falcon, during their migrating from Nagaland to southern Africa. The villagers harvest the migratory raptors for their meat when they visit Doyang Wokha district of Nagaland between the end of October and beginning of November. This is the scene in 2012. Here is turnaround with in short time, this year not even a single bird is harvested, thanks to the villagers and efforts of the forest Department with the help of local NGOS and church. Pangti, Sungro and Asha villagers near the Doyang in Nagaland pledged to protect Amur falcons. The real heroes are people of three villages Pangti, Sungro and Asha who have shown the world how communities will help in protecting and conserving wildlife. The people have sacrificed their livelihoods and worked in protecting the Amur Falcon helping the forest department The Forest Department involved Churches in wokha, churches participated and played major role in spreading the awareness programme and the green theology among the people. This is one of the “unique conservation movement” in the world where church is involved in conservation.The Department has organised awareness programme in schools and villagers by conducting meeting, workshops and seminars and also conducted Amur Falcon Marathon. The Forest Protection force has patrolled the roosting site round the clock. Amur falcon protection is not possible without the help of NGOs like Natural Nagas and Wildlife Trust of India, NWBCT students of Pangti village, Fisher men community, Village Councils have helped the Forest Department in this conservation movement of Amur Falcon This unique model of community conservation by community within a short period should be replicated in other parts of the world. The people once hunters have became conservationists. Ornithologists named Nagaland as Falcon Capital of the world. Bombay Natural History society has appreciated conservation efforts of Nagaland Forest Department. People who are once hunters have participated in satellite tagging of Amur Falcon first time in India. The pangti village council received Royal bank of Scotland save the species award and Balipara foundation award
The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it presents, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.
• Articulate the vital role of protected areas in conserving nature while delivering essential ecosystem services
• Position protected areas within goals of economic and community well-being, and
• Demonstrate how this can be achieved in practice.
For the first time, the Congress has collate and communicate the most compelling and inspiring solutions to global challenges. It will help create new sustainable commitments for protected areas across the conservation, development and business sectors. This will be the promise of Sydney.
The IUCN World Parks Congress is a landmark global forum on protected areas held every ten years. As the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management, it sets the global agenda for the following decade
Three priority objectives for the Congress have been identified, based on the three foundations of the current IUCN Programme.
The three priority objectives include:
1. PARKS – Valuing and conserving nature
The WPC 2014 will strengthen policy and action commitments for the expansion, connectivity and better management of parks and protected areas to cover all areas important for biodiversity and ecosystem services.
2. PEOPLE – Effective and equitable governance of nature’s use
The WPC 2014 will foster the equitable governance of parks and protected areas to empower communities (including indigenous peoples) to become involved and to benefit.
3. PLANET – Deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges
The WPC 2014 explore and promote parks and protected areas as natural solutions to global challenges such as climate change, food and water security, health and a green economy.
Since its first staging in 1962 in Seattle, USA, the World Parks Congress has substantially influenced the way in which the world has viewed systems of protected areas. The series of Congresses has influenced and tracked perspectives on the role of PAs in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Each Congress has been vital to conservation policy worldwide, addressing global challenges and opportunities, establishing standards to ensure that protected areas are effective, and being a source of inspiration and innovation for the decade that follows.
The IUCN World Parks Congress has been convened five times at ten year intervals since 1962.
• 1962 – Seattle, USA
Definitions and standards for representative systems leading to the UN list of PAs;
• 1972 – Yellowstone / Grand Teton National Park, USA
Conservation of ecosystems, genesis of World Heritage and Wetlands Conventions;
• 1982 – Bali, Indonesia
PAs in sustainable development, development assistance in PAs
• 1992 – Caracas, Venezuela
Global change and PAs; PA categories and management effectiveness;
• 2003 – Durban, South Africa
Governance, sustainable finance, capacity development, linkages in the landscape and seascape, equity and benefit sharing.
At this most recent Congress, held in Durban, South Africa, entitled “Benefits Beyond Boundaries” the Congress prepared the Durban Action Plan, adopted by the CBD COP (Conference of Parties) 7 as the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (POWPA). As the IUCN World Parks Congress enters its sixth decade in Sydney in 2014, it inspires solutions for people, parks and the planet. It will generate Hope for a Protected Planet by addressing some of the fundamental issues facing protected areas, but moreover highlight the opportunities and solutions that they offer to the world.

M.Lokeswara Rao Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
Kohima:Nagaland
Stationed at :Sydney Australi

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By EMN Updated: Nov 18, 2014 10:37:41 pm