GUWAHATI, Nov 9 � Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang has asked the Nagaland Forest and Tourism departments and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) to make a comprehensive conservation action plan to save the Amur Falcon birds and to declare the area as a tourist hotspot, a WTI press release said.�
Addressing a gathering at the Amur Falcon roosting site,�Zeliang appreciated the conservation efforts of WTI, Forest department, Village Councils and villagers for protecting the magnificent raptor.
Home Minister Y Patton, also acknowledged the role of WTI, Pangti Council and Forest department in stopping the killing of the Amur Falcons that congregate in the State in large numbers.
Vivek Menon, Executive Director, WTI, said, �For the last two years we have been trying to stop the mass hunting of these birds and our efforts have paid off. We can proudly say that the combined efforts of Forest department, WTI and Village Councils have largely been successful in protecting these migratory birds.�
Early this morning, the Chief Minister and others visited the roosting sites of Amur Falcons near Wokha.
Zuthunglo Patton, DFO, Doyang, briefed the CM delegation about the conservation plan. �Starkly against the general perception of Naga people being compulsive hunters, the success of Amur Falcon conservation has put Nagaland on the global map; and the sheer number of the Amur Falcon population here has made it the Falcon Capital of the world,� she said.
Chief Wildlife Warden of Nagaland, SP Tripathi acknowledged the good work done by village council members, WTI,�Amur Falcon protection squads and others for the conservation of these birds.
Later, Dilip Deori, Project Lead, WTI, briefed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries about WTI�s efforts in protecting the Amur Falcons that have become a pride of Nagaland. He also informed the Chief Minister about the MoU signed between WTI and Nagaland Government on the Amur Falcon Conservation Action Plan.