Case Study: PANCHAN LAKHAR COMMUNITY CONSERVED AREA MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (PLACCAMC)
Local communities that inhabit villages around Protected Areas are one of the foremost stakeholders for conserving, due to their dependence on it. Their involvement in its conservation can help both nature and community to grow as one. The villagers of Kharman and Kyalegteng in Arunachal Pradesh were inspired by the idea of Community Conserved Area and approached Tata Trusts and WWF – India for technical and nancial support to demarcate 85 km² of unclassed State Forest land as the Pangchen Lakhar Community Conserved Area (PLACCA). The Committee for PLACCA was formed by members of the Panchayat, village elders, and youth who work for the conservation and management of the forests. And their agenda was to secure the neighboring forests and its wilderness. In 2015, the PLACCAMC were in talks with General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) to discourage the construction of a new road through the Community Conserved Area to save the Red Panda Habitat from being ruined. The Committee has been awarded the Balipara Foundation Nature Conservancy Award in 2015 to commemorate their sustained and continued eorts towards wildlife conservation.
The Committee has been proactive in promoting and encouraging local villagers to take up agriculture for their livelihood. They are also interacting with villagers and fostering them to practice traditional mitigation techniques to mitigate human-wildlife conict. Beneciaries of PLACCAMC are about 14 villages and more than 400 households. Economic Impact: The Committee is promoting Community- based Tourism in collaboration with other village institutions. They are also making traditional Tibetan Incense Sticks in a way forward to promote sustainable living from forest resources.
The Pangchen Lakhar Community Conserved Area has been successful in safeguarding the homes of the endangered Red Panda, Musk Deer, Serow, Goral, Himalayan Black Bears, Siberian Weasels, Leopards and Wild Dogs.