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  • 28 December, 2023

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Airgun Surrender Abhiyan

Recently, Airgun Surrender Abhiyan was selected as a model wildlife conservation programme by UNESCO.

  • An initiative to get local residents involved in environmental management and wildlife protection.
  • Launched in – 2021.
  • Launched by – Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Aim – To discourage hunting and raise awareness about the detrimental effects of wildlife killing.
  • To encourage the voluntary surrender of airguns and licensed guns to check their use in hunting birds and other wildlife.
  • Collaborations - With local communities, administrative departments, NGOs, and community-based organisations.

Lumdung was declared as 1st Airgun free village of Arunachal Pradesh, where 46 air guns were surrendered.

  • Activities – Awareness campaign to maintain the tradition of hunting in the old style without guns and educating about the role of birds and animals in pollination and in creating forests.

In Arunachal Pradesh, hunting is a tradition for many among the 140 tribes and sub-tribes across the 83,743 sq. km with about 80% forest cover.

  • Increased push for poultry, piggery and other farm initiatives to provide alternative to bush meat.
  • People’s participation – People began organising airgun surrender ceremonies locally.
    • In Pasighat area of Arunachal, some villagers shunned airguns after realising pests had taken over their paddy fields because the birds, their nemesis, had been hunted out.
  • Recognition – ‘Conservation Award’ at the 6th North East Green Summit of Forest Ministers of North East held in Assam in 2021.
  • Outcome – A total of 2,467 airguns, 9 double-barrel shotguns and 0.22 rifles, and 13 power chainsaws have been surrendered.


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