Consultative workshop of biodiversity conservation areas of Eastern Nagaland was held at Tuensang on December 9 under the aegis of Eleutheros Christian Society (ECS).
The participants, representatives of all four Eastern Nagaland districts and other villages represented by 45 villages, deliberated at length on conservation efforts by communities.
Based on the discussions, the workshop decided to form Eastern Nagaland Conservation Areas Network (ENCAN) with the following mandate: to form an Eastern Nagaland biodiversity conservation corridor, to support each others conservation efforts, to create a neutral space for sharing, learning and knowledge management, to address ecosystem services issues for mutual benefits, to find the linkages between livelihoods and conservation, to evolves sustainable conservation management practices, especially recognizing role of gender and to provide an equitable platform to negotiate differences and other issues.
The participants felt that “network” has to be deliberately used to signify that whole conservation areas would maintain their independent approaches along the larger vision of creating Eastern Nagaland green corridor.
The meeting also decided that network would be a “hub and spokes” model centered around working group comprising of following members Pongyuh Konyak from Mon, Yansomong Yim from Tuensang, Makezo Yim from Kiphire, representative from Longleng, Showuba Yim from Chessore Village, Yongching Sonla from Chingmei village, Cheong Konyak from Chui village, Ango Konyak from Aboi area, Takum Chang from Tuensang Village, Rev. Dr. Chingmak Kejong or his representative from ECS and Pongsochu Raj K. Verma from Sipongsang village as the advisor to the working group.