Red panda conservation:WWF-India is implementing a red panda conservation programme in Tawang and West Kameng districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The strategy is based on the intensive field research undertaken by the team to identify potential red panda habitats in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. The initiatives aim to secure the identified red panda habitats and reduce human pressures in the region. Capacity building workshops are organized regularly by the team to empower the local communities to get involved in conservation activities. They are also trained to conduct surveys in the forests, as well as introduced to alternative livelihood activities such as community-based tourism.
Snow leopard conservation:Studies and ground research have been undertaken by the team to identify potential snow leopard habitats within the landscape. Baseline data has been collected on the potential habitats, and based on the findings, further studies and conservation strategies will be planned.
Community Conserved Areas (CCAs):
In 2004, WWF-India introduced the concept of Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) by issuing a declaration of the first CCA covering an area of 312 sq km in Thembang village of West Kameng district. A CCA Management Committee comprising local villagers responsible for the conservation of natural resources as well as socio-economic development of the village was also set up. Encouraged by the success of this model, the area under the Thembang CCA was increased to 635 sq km in 2012. Till date, the team has formed four CCAs covering an area of approximately 635 sq km in West Kameng and approximately 215 sq km in Tawang districts of the state.