In Arunachal Pradesh, local community members have joined hands with WWF-India to usher in changes that would ensure sustainability for both nature and human beings.
Remarkably, the pioneering effort – due to its sound fundamentals – could be replicated in other parts of North East India.
In the western part of Arunachal Pradesh, the local Monpa community who own forest areas has declared parts of it as Community Conserved Areas (CCA). At present the CCAs comprise Thembang Bapu and Pangchen Lumpo Muchat, together covering more than 400 sq km of pristine forest land.
The idea behind the initiative is to maintain the ecological balance of the sensitive zones, and to ensure that the ties that bind the people with the land stay strong and stable.
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