Sunday, March 4, 2018

Biodiversity Meet, Nagaland 2018

Butterflies & moths, birds, odonates, spiders, amphibians & reptiles, cicadas and more…

Sukhai, Ghukhuyi & Kivikhu, Zunheboto District, Nagaland

Dates: 9th May to 16th May 2018

Costs: Rs.16,500/- per person (for Indian citizens), ex Dimapur, including food, stay vehicle hire on all days on first come, first served basis by transferring 50% of the contributory amount to the
bank account below:

Bank details:

Send your contributory amount to
Account name: TITLI
Bank name: State Bank of India
Address: Jakhan, Dehradun
Current account number: 31058150506
IFSC code: SBIN0006155

And email your deposit details to

Maximum capacity: 16 people

About the biodiversity meet

This Biodiversity Meet is being organised to learn and document the biodiversity of Sukhai, Ghukhuyi and Kivikhu villages in Zunheboto District, Nagaland. Pia Sethi and her team from the The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) has been working in this landscape for the last three years. As an outcome of their efforts, the three villages above have voluntarily formed Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) in order to protect their forests and associated biodiversity. Since the beginning of 2017, Titli Trust has been supporting TERI to assess the area’s biodiversity, as well as to evaluate the opportunity to initiate nature-linked tourism as an incentive to conserve. More than 200 species of birds, 120 species of butterflies, 200 species of moths have already been documents with many endemics. At this point in time, there is no tourism infrastructure in this area, and the Biodiversity Meet participants will be staying in homes of villagers.

Meet organisers

The meeting is being organised on a voluntary basis by TERI, Titli Trust, DiversityIndia, NatureMates and Indian Foundation for Butterflies. All proceeds from the meet will go to the local communities.


  • Boarding at Sukhai, Ghukhuyi and Kivikhu villages.
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch & dinner). Non vegetarian meals are included.
  • Vehicle hire for the duration of the meet (4 people to a vehicle).
  • Arranging for ILP’s.
  • Local guides.


  • Personal expenses such as tips, phone bills, bottled water & bottled beverages.
  • Rail and/or airfare to and from Dimapur.
  • Insurance and medical claims.
  • Lunch on the last day.

Participants need to arrive at Dimapur airport on 9th May 2018 by 1230 hrs.
Participants will be dropped off at Dimapur airport on 16th May 2018 by 1100 hrs.


Village homes at Sukhai, Ghukhuyi and Kivikhu on a shared basis.

Visit day-to-day schedule:

  • 9th May 2018: Departure from Dimapur airport at 1300 hrs. 10 our drive to Sukhai.
  • 10, 11th May 2018: Sukhai village & surrounds. 11th May travel to Ghukhuyi (5 km, 20 minutes).
  • 12th, 13th May 2018: Ghukhuyi & surrounds. 13th May travel to Kivikhu (25 km, 1.5 hours)
  • 14, 15th May 2018: Kivikhu & surrounds. 15th May late afternoon travel to Wokha/Kohima.
  • 16th May 2018: travel to Dimapur

Schedule of activities (based on participants):

  • Brief about the area; interaction with the Sema tribe and their conservation plans.
  • Trails for butterfly, bird and other faunal group daily.
  • Moth/insect screens every night.
  • “Herp” walks at night.
  • Identification sessions for various species’ groups in the evening.
  • Upload of information on various NCBS/IFB websites.

Contacts for this Biodiversity meet:

  • Sanjay Sondhi, Titli Trust,, +91 9412052189
  • Pia Sethi, TERI,, +91 9811222321
  • Vijay Barve, DiversityIndia,, +91 9845724832  (What'sApp and Telegram)
  • Krushnamegh Kunte, IFoundButterflies,