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Unique Hornbilll conservation project attracting foreign tourists to Arunachal

Chris Merkord

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Naharlagun, Feb 1: The Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme (HNAP), a novel idea of Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Tana Tapi to conserve and protect hornbill nests in the fringe forest area outside Pakke Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary (PTRWS) in East Kameng District, is attracting tourists not only from India, but also from other countries as well.


The unique effort has not only increased the inflow of tourists, bird lovers and watchers, but also volunteers from within and abroad, including from Singapore to support the project with funds.


The initiative has not only given a new lease of life to the endangered species, the state bird of Arunachal Pradesh, and boost their population but set a glaring example of public private partnership (PPP) model.


Taking conservationist Chukhu Loma's innovative idea in collaboration with Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in 2000 in pursuing the local Nyishis to replace the bird's original beak, decorated in their traditional headgears, locally called 'pudum' with fiber-made artificial ones to prevent their killing forward, Tapi's pioneering move is worth emulating and appreciating.


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