Nourishing Nature to Secure Our Future
|Our mission is to foster conservation of biodiversity in Northeast India through research, environmental education, capacity building and advocacy for legal and policy reform to usher a new era of ecological security.|
Turtles and Tortoises of Northeast India: Saving them from Extinction!Aims and Objectives
The CEPF Small Grants Programme has supported the study in two important corridors, (1) Mehao-Jamjing and Sengagon, (2) Nameri-Eagles's Nest and Sessa in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh while the conservation Leadership Programme has supported the study in rest of the region.Methods
Field survey will be carried out in protected areas, community or private land or water. The team members will visit prioritized areas on road and trails guided by knowledgeable local guides or forest staff. Observations and all relevant information will be recorded on data sheet including habitat, activities, GPS location and. Baited Hoop Traps (Legler, 1960) and Basking traps will be used in selected localities on trial basis to gather information on population. Hunters, traders and collectors will be interviewed to learn more about their distribution, habitat, and extent of exploitation. Major markets and villages around forests and wetlands will be investigated to evaluate present and past exploitation trend.
Present and past localities of turtle occurrences will be recorded using handheld GPS and then locations will be plotted on habitat map using the software ARCVIEW (ESRI, 1999) to know the extent of present and past distribution. Information related to trade, habitat and vulnerability will be added to the map, as well as information on population status whenever available.
Evaluation of Conservation Measures
Present conservation measures will be evaluated through group discussion among field team, experts and conservation management authorities. Later based on the outcome of the discussions new conservation strategies will be proposed for further implementation by the management authorities and communities.
An outreach programme will be designed to motivate local people, especially youth, and garner their support to attend the call of turtle crisis in the region. Suitable education materials will be published and targeted at the youth. Selected youth will be motivated and involved in continuous monitoring of turtles in the wild, as well as trade in the local market.
Most threatened species, viable population and suitable sites will be identified during this study based on the field data. The team along with experts and other collaborators will consult to prepare a list of priority species to initiate natural history study in the wild, which will in turn provide valuable information for conservation and management of those species in the wild or in captivity.Expected Output
This project has secured US$29,200 from the Conservation Leadership Programme (US$12,500), the CEPF Small Grants Programme (US$13,200) from and a leverage amount of US$3,500 from Aaranyak.