#WildWomenInterviews with Janaki Lenin: Episode 19
Bano Haralu is a journalist and conservationist based in Nagaland. She’s the director of the Nagaland Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Trust. She played a crucial role in stopping the large-scale hunting of Amur Falcons.
In 2010, while doing a bird survey, Bano heard about Amur falcons being caught by the sacksful in October every year. She felt more embarrassed than concerned at that moment. Two years later, she visited the Doyang reservoir with Shashank Dalvi and Ramki Sreenivasan and witnessed the massacre of Amur falcons. By conservationists’ estimates, about 10 to 15 percent of the birds making a stopover on their migration to South Africa were being killed in Nagaland. She appealed to the district administration, talked to the village councillors, and met the Chief Minister. In the meantime, a media campaign started by Ramki and others caught national and international attention.
Bano showed these news reports to the hunters. The following year, the hunting of Amur falcons came to a stop, a remarkable achievement considering how difficult it is to change human behaviour.
Watch and listen to how Bano achieved what seemed impossible.
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