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Amur falcon conservation monolith unveiled at Pangti

Published on 22 Jan. 2016 12:23 AM IST
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A six-foot tall monolith to commemorate the conservation movement of Amur Falcon was unveiled near the Amur Falcon roosting site on the roadside at scenic location, Pangti in Wokha district on January 20.
The monolith was unveiled by principal chief conservator of forests and head of forest force (PCCF & HoFF) M. Lokeswara Rao in presence of the chairman village council, convenor and members Amur Falcon conservation, Pangti, village elders, Church leaders, students, NGOs etc.
The monolith, with inscriptions and images of different awards, has been inscribed with the following words: “we erect this monolith to commemorate the declaration of Pangti of Nagaland as falcon capital of the world.” Speaking on the occasion, PCCF & HoFF, M. Lokeswara Rao, described as “historic day” for Nagaland and said the monolith of conservation of Amur falcon would become monument in future. 
He said it would tell the story of efforts of Pangti people’s conservation of wildlife from generation to generation.
Rao stated that the “big conservation moment” started in Nagaland with the conservation of Amur Falcon by Pangti village communities, adding that the conservation movement has spread all over Nagaland and communities were now committed to preserve the rich biodiversity of Nagaland.
PCCF & HoFF maintained that he was also proud to be part of conservation efforts of the communities, saying the world has recognised and patted the communities for the conservation efforts.
Suggesting that the conservation movement should continue, PCCF & HoFF said the forest department has committed to protect and conserve the rich biodiversity of Nagaland with the help of communities.  He also informed the Pangti has been nominated for “India Biodiversity Award 2016.”
The migratory bird Amur falcons were first spotted roosting in Pangti in the year 2001 in flock of thousands. In the subsequent years, the flock increased into massive numbers.
Owning to lack of awareness for conservation of Wildlife, the hunters by tradition started hunting the birds for delicacies. In the year 2006, the hunters started using net for trapping the birds on commercial scale for sustenance.
The massive killing of Falcons was brought to fore in 2012 through the efforts of conservation India and its associates, the Nagaland Wildlife& Biodiversity Trust.
Following exposure of the random killing of Falcons in October 2012, awareness campaign for protection and conservation of the migratory bird started on war footing in 2013 by State Forest & Wildlife Department and various NGOs namely The Natural Nagas, the Wildlife Trust of India, the Nagaland Wildlife & Biodiversity Trust, BNHS etc involving entire community village councils, churches etc.
Responding to awareness campaign of State Forest & Wildlife Department& various NGOs, the village council together with the entire community resolved to protect and conserve the migratory bird Amur Falcons and prohibited killing of Falcons in any form.

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