Case Study: BIODIVERSITY AND NATURE CONSERVATION NETWORK (BIOCONE)
Since 2010, the year of its inception, Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Network (BIOCONE) NGO, has been growing in the eld of nature conservation in Mizoram. The organization is working towards raising awareness among local communities regarding the importance of biodiversity and ecological balance in India, specically focusing Mizoram. The organization is also involved in wildlife documentation and exploration of Northeast India, particularly in Mizoram. The organization also carries out rescue and restoration of endemic, endangered or economically important species. The organization also creates awareness against wildlife trade through public campaigns and legal procedures.
BIOCONE has carried out outreach programs with local community members in the past in the villages of Mizoram and also consecutively carried out cleanup drives during the nature trail as a part of the program. They are also involved in carrying out awareness campaigns for schools and local communities on dierent aspect of nature and wildlife conservation. The organization is also working with rural communities that live near protected areas to work on conservation models that can assist in welfare of nature and at the same time also promote rural development. The main aim of these conservation programs is to reduce dependence of communities on protected areas
BIOCONE is focused on promoting ecotourism in Northeast India.
BIOCONE has been able to conserve more than 1500 hectares of forest land in Mizoram through the help of community leaders. They also conducted tree plantation program in 2015, in collaboration with Mizoram University on the event of World Environment Day. The
program was funded by YES Bank.