|Date||14 Nov 2012|
Traditional Ecological Knowledge cannot be ignored in conservation programmes and we can learn and utilise this knowledge to devise strategies for management of natural resources in partnership with the local communities. Two broad sets of information about natural resources will be collected (ethnobotany and ethnozoology). I will use participant observation, open-ended individual and group interviews, informal focus group discussions, and oral histories documentation. Village functions and ceremonies will be attended to witness the rituals and document the role of both domesticated and wild plants and animals in Mishmi religious events. The role of trade is important to get an understanding of the influence of markets and roads to local economy. Also how these natural resources are valued by the local Mishmi and by the markets. More importantly the changes in the resource use and management will be studied to know how villagers cope with resource scarcity and how they adapt to the changes.
(2) Ethnozoology: A resource map of the surrounding area of the villages will be prepared to record wildlife presence with the help of villagers using participatory methods. Farming areas, swidden plots, hunting and fishing zones will be mapped along with other forms of land use patterns. Use of wild animals, birds and insects will be documented across seasons by interviewing hunters and trappers. Changes in resource use brought by metalled road and markets will be examined.
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