Connecting Landscapes, Empowering People and Protecting Elephants in Garo Hills, Meghalaya-Meghalaya- CSR Projects India

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Connecting Landscapes, Empowering People and Protecting Elephants in Garo Hills, Meghalaya


Organization : Wildlife Trust of India


Location : Meghalaya


Project Description

Garo Hills have lost 94,195 hectares of forests in 15 years with 7-8% of forest area controlled by Forest Department; rest is owned by local communities under the jurisdiction of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC). The Garo Green Spine of which this corridor is a part, forms the backbone of biodiversity of the region connecting Nokrek NP to Baghmara RF (BRF) through Balpakram NP (BNP), affected due to jhum cultivation, expanding settlements, plantations, mining and increased HEC (4 human,5 elephant deaths). This corridor is vital in maintaining continuity of about 600 sq km of elephant habitat between BNP and BRF leading to Nokrek NP through two corridors secured by WTI. BNP and BRF: 352, 40 sq. km respectively with community forests in-between South Garo Hills district (Blocks: Baghmara and Rongara) with human population of 142,334 (2011), approx. 2500 people reside in and around corridor. Securement of Baghmara-Balpakram elephant Corridor with 1000 Hectares of forest land notified as Village. Reserve Forests and local communities empowered for continued conservation efforts in the landscape:

  • Increasing conserved area in Garo Green Spine by 1000 hectares and protection, management and monitoring of the notified VRFs
  • Strengthening the livelihood and lifestyle of beneficiary families by 25% through skill development, eco-development and community support
  • Restoring 150 hectares of degraded habitats in corridor forests with 1,50,000 standing trees
  • Assessing and documenting biodiversity of the corridor village forests and implementing measures to strengthen Human Elephant Coexistence
  • Sensitizing at least 25,000 people on importance of natural and traditional heritage of Garo Hills for conservation

Project Type : CSR


Special Features of Project

  • Securing Baghmara-Balpakram elephant corridor by notifying 1000 hectares corridor forest as Village Reserve Forests (VRFs) for unhindered wildlife movement and shared benefits with communities in Garo Hills, Meghalaya.
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Optimizing social benefits by strengthening green livelihoods
  • Strengthening Human-Elephant Coexistence
  • Sensitizing villagers on wildlife conservation

Project Donors and Partners

HCL Foundation, Garo Hills Autonomous District Council

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