The Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) in Nepal & India
Exploring The Khata Corridor of the TAL: Celebrating successful conservation policies and practices
“There is still a window of time. Nature can win if we give her a chance.” - Dr. Jane Goodall
Over the past 100 years, the earth has witnessed the loss of 97% of tigers. While poaching remains an existential threat, tiger habitats are being carved up as humanity’s growth and encroachment continues. This is drastically raising the likelihood of extinctions and ecocide.
To combat this, we all can and must play a role in resisting humanity’s destructive forces to protect the earth for future generations. This includes protecting the forest habitats of the last remaining “charismatic megafauna” such as tigers, and reducing human-wildlife conflict while creating financial opportunities for local populations. By protecting these forest habitats, we mitigate climate change impacts and protect endangered species. Forests are safe havens for endangered species, but they also act as a natural climate change solution by drawing carbon pollutants from the air – this will benefit other ecosystems and local communities in the region.
My next project entails this theory of change - by traveling to the Khata Corridor of the Terai Arc Landscape, connecting Nepal’s Bardia National Park and India’s Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, I will document the region and the people (e.g. CBAPU’s, women leaders) working to ensure wildlife maintains its critical role in the future. My goal is to visit communities (e.g. Dalla) and gain a better understanding of their work on the front line protecting tiger habitats and the tiger population’s continued growth in the 21st century. These activities will support the 2010 St. Petersburg Tiger Summit’s goal of doubling the tiger population by 2022.
By illuminating the successes and continuing challenges of this multifaceted, multi-sectoral project, I hope to show what is working and what can be improved. This documentation will add to the argument that it is worth protecting what will surely disappear over the next few years without the deployment of powerful conservation forces.
Why this project? The act of making the film offers the possibility of developing new social connections, showing respect and encouragement to those people implementing the policy and educating others on how collaborative projects such as this can be successful. As the world retreats from multilateralism, as the World Economic Forum Global Risk’s Report recently stated, we need to remind people that international projects such as this that emphasize the local the needs of populations can succeed and provide long term economic benefits.
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We are living in the Anthropocene era and our impact as a species is irrefutably global. Finally though, there is a rapidly growing industrial-scale mobilization of resources towards 21st century technologies in major economies, primarily pushed by the younger generations (though it needs intergenerational support). The de-carbonization building spree is underway and it will be a profitable endeavor for those with the foresight.
However, what small groups of people, in more isolated pockets of the world, choose to do today to protect the last of a species are making a necessary stand against a wave of human progress that has consequently led to the loss of many great species. My hope is that we all choose to protect and preserve rather than disrespect and destroy in our race onwards and upwards.
The intended first stop in Nepal will be on March 3rd, Community Based Anti-Poaching Unit (CBAPU) Day, when different groups come together to celebrate and reaffirm their commitment to wildlife preservation.
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If your organization would like a particular place documented or interview filmed in Nepal during March or April, please get in touch. Such work will help fund this Khata Corridor Documentary.