Community Reserves

The Govt. of Meghalaya has vide Section 36 C of the Wild Life (Protection) Act,1972 has declared 64 private and community lands/forests into Community Reserves which do not comprise within a National Park or Wildlife Sanctuaries to increase area under protected networks for protecting flora, fauna and traditional or cultural conservation values and practices. These will also provide a refuge and safe path for animals in every day search of food. The details of the notified Community Forests are given below.

Sl. No Name of community Reserve Area (Ha) District
1 KhlooBlai Sein Raij Tuber Community Reserve 89.43 East Jaintia Hills
2 Ka KhlooThangbruUmsymphu Community Reserve 19.6
3 Ka KhlooPohblaiMooshutia Community Reserve 33.5
4 KhlooBlaiChyrmang Sein RaijKongwasanChyrmangKmai Community Reserve 7.00 West Jaintia Hills
5 Ka KhlooLangdoh Kur Pyrtuh Community Reserve 15.4
6 KhlooAmrawan Community Reserve 128.75
7 KhlooBlai Ka Raij U LangdohIonglang Community Reserve 15.12
8 Ka Lum LuweCommunity Reserve 14.1
9 Mandalgre Community Reserve 50 East Garo Hills
10 Daribokgre Community Reserve 173
11 Dura Kalakgre Community Reserve 60
12 Aruakgre Community Reserve 10
13 Dumitdikgre Community Reserve 70 West Garo Hills
14 Sakalgre Community Reserve 122
15 Sasatgre Community Reserve 60
16 Selbalgre Community Reserve 20
17 Chandigre Community Reserve 37
18 Baladingre Community Reserve 50
19 Mongalgre Community Reserve 20
20 Chimanpara Community Reserve 10.2
21 Thokpara Community Reserve 30
22 Rongalgre Community Reserve 16.5
23 Aruakgre Community Reserve 100 North Garo Hills
24 ResuHaluapara Community Reserve 50
25 Kitmadamgre Community Reserve 70
26 RongmaParomgre Community Reserve 62.30 South Garo hills
27 RongmaRekmangre Community Reserve 192.40
28 EmanAsakgre Community Reserve 30.40
29 Bandarigre Community Reserve 0.67
30 Mikadogre Community Reserve 1.28
31 Dangkipara Community Reserve 2.50
32 BalsriAding Community Reserve 45.60
33 Chenggni Community Reserve 174.00
34 Chimitap Community Reserve 228.00
35 Dallenggittim Community Reserve 22.17
36 DambukAttong Community Reserve 366.00
37 DambukJongkol Community Reserve 264.80
38 Gokagre Community Reserve 17.89
39 Halwa Ambeng Community Reserve 94.10
40 Jaksongram Community Reserve 55.50
41 Lotnagar Community Reserve 45.60
42 Matchirampat Community Reserve 21.70
43 Nitwatgre Community Reserve 49.50
44 RewakDaburam Community Reserve 18.30
45 RewakWatregittim Community Reserve 9.80
46 Rongcheng Community Reserve 235.60
47 Taidang Community Reserve 121.40
48 SijuDuramong-I Community Reserve 76.80
49 SijuDuramong-II Community Reserve 251.00
50 Upper Dosogre Community Reserve 19.691
51 Nongsangu Community Reserve 100 Ri-bhoi
52 Raid Nongbri Community Reserve 70
53 Lum Jusong Community Reserve 130.46
54 Jirang Community Reserve 200
55 Raid Nonglyngdoh /PdahKyndeng Community Reserve 75
56 Phudja-Ud Community Reserve 120 South West Khasi  Hills
57 Umsum Pitcher Plant Community Reserve 40
58 Lumkohkriah Community Reserve 611
59 Lawbah Community Reserve 311.44 East Khasi Hills
60 Ryngibah Community Reserve 96.909
61 Ryngud Community Reserve 522
62 Thangkharang Community Reserve 111
63 KpohEijah Community Reserve 17 West Khasi  Hills
64 Miewsyiar Community Reserve 87
Grand Total 6,170.41  

An agreement is made between the Divisional Forest Officer and The Village Durbar/Community/ represented by its President for establishment of a Community Reserve. The salient features of the agreement area:-

  • The ownership of the land taken up for the establishment of the Community Reserve shall lie solely with the community
  • The Forests & Environment Department, Government of Meghalaya shall have no claim whatsoever over the ownership of the land. Neither the name/title of this Sacred Grove shall be changed nor the schedule of boundaries.
  • However, after issuance of notification by the state Government declaring the community reserve no change in land use pattern shall be made within community reserve, except in accordance with the procedure contained in Section 36(C)(3) of Act.
  • No hunting inside CRs
  • The Rites and Rituals of Village Durbar/Community/ etc. which have been practiced from time immemorial shall continue with no interference/hindrance from the First Party.
  • All Restrictions or regulations imposed by the /Village Durbar/Community etc prior to the establishment of the Community Reserve duly accepted by both parties shall stand in future.
  • Management of the C.R will be done by the Community Reserved management committee notify by the Govt- sec 36 D
  • The committee shall be the competent authority to prepare and implement the management plan and take steps to ensure protection of wildlife and its habitat in the reserve