Changtongya Village

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 Location Ecosystem Type   Conservation Type   Area(hectare) Legal status 
 Mokokchung, Nagaland Forest Ecosystem Conservation Not Available Not Available

Case Study (2009)

Background

In addition to the detailed case studies presented in this volume, Nagaland is full of stories of different village communities having regulated the use of certain patches of forests in various ways. Some have declared hunting bans; others have prescribed no forest use at all; while yet others have declared seasonal ban on hunting or other uses. The degree of success in implementing the rules also varies from community to community. In Zonheboto and Phek districts, signposts have been put up along many roads by village youth associations, warning readers that the area is under strict protection. According to wildlife enthusiasts who visit the state regularly, these signboards are effective enough to deter hunters. In a state like Nagaland this is of great significance. These areas are among the few where one can see direct signs of any wildlife in the otherwise silent forests of Nagaland. Changtongya village is one of the examples on which we could not gather detailed information and hence it is briefly presented below.

The village council of Changtongya village in Mokokshung district has declared the entire village as a no-hunting zone. The council resolved that no one would be allowed to kill wild animals or use poisons for fishing here. Those found violating these rules would be penalised. It was also resolved to plant wild fruit trees in the forest and jhum (shifting cultivation) areas. The council decided that the moratorium on hunting would initially be for five years, and would be extended further if animal and bird populations increase. It was also clarified that the ban was on hunting for commercial purposes or for sport, and that seasonal hunting with limited opportunity may be permitted.

1Source: Anon., ‘Nagaland village declared no-hunting zone’, Sentinel, 29 January 2002.

This case study was part of the Directory on Community Conserved Areas (2009), published by Kalpavriksh. The directory can be downloaded here.

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