Rs. 42,000/- per person

In Nagaland, traditional conservation and wise-use practices have helped protect biodiversity over the centuries. Despite this, rampant hunting, forest degradation and tree felling are greatly threatening the State’s biodiversity. The revival of traditional conservation practices
through the creation of Community-Conserved Areas (CCAs), however, offers hope for conservation, as communities set aside parcels of forests within productive, jhum (shifting cultivation) landscapes. A study of Nagaland’s CCAs found that one-third of Nagaland’s villages have constituted CCAs (TERI, 2015) of which as many as 82% have completely or partially banned hunting within the CCAs and/or tree felling, and enforce various regulations. Nevertheless, CCAs face numerous challenges- in their creation, effectiveness and sustainability and in developing biodiversity-based livelihoods. These CCAs which are akin to a community- managed network of protected areas, however, suffer from a chronic lack of recognition and support by the government at state and national levels. Leveraging livelihood opportunities is essential to the sustainability of the CCAs since the local people protect these biodiversity-rich forests at significant cost.

TERI works with local communities in three villages of Zunheboto district, in Sukhai, Ghukhuyi and Kivikhu to strengthen community conservation. This includes creating and linking CCAs across the landscape to reduce fragmentation and ensure landscape connectivity and awareness creation and capacity building. We provide training in identification of birds, butterflies and moths and enable communities to document their own biodiversity. Given the enormous opportunity costs the people face by donating land for CCAs and eschewing hunting and fishing with batteries and electric currents, developing ecotourism-based livelihoods is an imperative. With support from outside experts, TERI is developing bird and butterfly tourism in these biodiversity-rich forests. Funding support for two years for these activities is provided by the GEF-Satoyama project via Conservation-International Japan.

The local people have done amazing work, taking pictures of their fauna and flora, recording their common and scientific names and posting in facebook and other groups. They have also made huge sacrifices and have given up hunting and fishing in their areas. That their efforts have been successful is amply evident from the behaviour of birds and mammals in their area. We are getting to view lots of specials such as the Giant Gliding Frog, Mandarin Trinket, etc. We do hope that you will support this initiative especially by visiting the area and encouraging the local communities. So come and encourage this unique community-conservation initiative in the cloud-kissed forests of Nagaland. And view the rich and amazing culture of the Sema people of Zunheboto district.

 

Target Species

King Cobra, Giant Gliding Frog, Jerdon's Forest Lizard, Double-spotted Red-webbed Tree Frog, Two-striped Pigmy Tree Frog, Jerdon's tree frog, Green Rat Snake, False Cobra, Striped Trinket, Tokay Gecko, Japalura Species, Flying Snake.

 

 

Field Learnings:


On-field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skill-
set. Our expert will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of
perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better
images. The training will focus on the following
1. How to approach wildlife in the field
2. Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P)
3. Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
4. Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
5. Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
6. How to get sharp images of moving subjects
7. Framing and composition in the field
8. Ethics in Wildlife Photography

 

Stay:

This is an extreme expedition. Homestay is the only accommodation in the region. Facilities are basic as we will be in remote wildlife region. Electricity will be available throughout. As we will be staying with local food options are limited.
Hotel in Kohima on last day.

 

Day 1: 8/10/18:

Dimapur- Sukhai


Reach Dimapur. Transfer to Sukhai Village. Stop for lunch enroute. After having your welcome drink, join our wildlife photography skipper for a round of introduction and talk about the forest and its denizens. Settle into home stays. Late evening trail to explore nocturnal Herps.
Back to camp for dinner.

 

Day 2: 9/10/18:

Sukhai


Wake up call at 5 am. Have breakfast by 6 am. Off for a full day exploration near river with packed lunch. This will involve checking areas enroute like streams, fields, etc. Lunch by the river. Continue exploration around river. Back to camp by 4 pm. Spend the evening by joining the group for the discussing your experience and you can consult our skipper for any guidance in photography. Night trail post dinner.

 

 

Day 3: 10/10/18:

Sukhai- Kivikhu

Wake up call at 5 am. Have breakfast by 6 am. Exploration in CCA area. This will involve checking areas enroute like logs, rocks, streams, fields, etc. Back to camp for lunch. Transfer to Kivikhu village. Enroute check for herps. Lunch at Kivikhu. Spend the evening around village to find herps in field. Back to camp for dinner. Night trail post dinner.

 

 

Day 4: 11/10/18:

Kivikhu


Wake up call at 5 am. Have breakfast by 6 am. Exploration in CCA area. This will involve checking areas enroute like logs, rocks, streams, fields, etc. Back to camp for lunch. Continue exploration post lunch around village. Spend the evening by joining the local community for the discussing their wildlife knowledge experience. Night trail post dinner.

 

 

Day 5: 12/10/18:

Kivikhu

Wake up call at 5 am. Have breakfast by 6 am. Explore the forest land of the neighboring tribe with their permission. Back to camp for lunch. Continue exploration post lunch around the village. Spend the evening by joining the group for the discussing your experience and you can consult our skipper for any guidance in photography. Night trail post dinner.

 

 

Day 6: 13/10/18:

Kivikhu- Kohima

Wake up call at 5 am. Have breakfast by 6 am. Exploration in CCA area near the river. Back to camp for lunch. Post lunch transfer to Kohima. Evening session to discuss trip findings, image critiquing. Dinner.

 

 

Day 7: 14/10/18

Kohima- Dimapur

Wake up call. Have breakfast. Transfer to Dimapur.

 

Includes

  • Accommodation for 5 nights and 6 days in homestay when on field.
  • Accommodation for 1 night and 1 day in hotel when in Kohima.
  • Veg and non-veg breakfast, lunch and dinner during the stay.
  • Vehicle on all days for transfers and field visits.
  • All park charges, entry fee etc.
  • DCP photography expert for 7 days.
  • All Taxes and service charges.

Excludes

  • Travel from Mumbai - Dimapur – Mumbai.
  • Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc.
  • Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
  • Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary.
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