Buxa Alternative Livelihood

Project title: Train the forest fringe villagers in BTR for alternative livelihood resources and managing the cattle population through Stall fed programmes

Buxa Alternative Livelihood Training Programme on improvement of livelihood by integrated animal husbandry practices through Community Education Programme (CEP) in forest villages of the Protected Areas (PAs) at Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) in order to reduce cattle grazing inside the Forest.

NEWS initiated a Community Education Programme (CEP) on the improvement of livelihood in collaboration with the Forest Department and was technically supported by resource persons of West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, Belgachia, Kolkata.

Funded By: Buxa Tiger Reserve, Dept. of Forest, Govt. of West Bengal
Project Duration: 2010 (1 Year)

The project aimed-

To provide alternative livelihood and scientific training for cattle rearing and generation of awareness among forest villagers in order to reduce pressure of cattle grazing in the protected areas of Buxa Tiger Reserve(BTR)

To assess the incidents of man-animal conflict arising out of the human activities within the forest protected areas (PAs)

To suggest measures in alternative livelihood development among the people, living below the poverty line in BTR and

To impart knowledge on livestock farming and breeding including know-how on vaccination of livestock.

Buxa Tiger Reserve ( BTR) is surrounded with lot of villages and every day about 1.5million cattle graze inside the park. This may cause tremendous pressure on herbivore food resources.It can also bring diseases. As a part of the commitment of NEWS to uphold the the conservation activity,it has launched an alternative livelihood project for villages who are solely dependent on cattle grazing.

The project if completed sucessfully is likely to minimize pressure on herbivore food resources as well as prevent spreading of diseases.