Eight primate species depend on the forest in Gaoligong Nature Reserve. To reduce human interference and habitat degradation, Campaign Manager Duan Honglian will standardize tourism behavior and teach local communities responsible tsaoko fruit cultivation. Maximizing both activities will result in more productive livelihoods while emphasizing habitat preservation. To engage audiences, shifting beliefs and behaviors, Duan needs $5,000 for transportation, campaign materials and activities.
Educational school visits, community activities, posters, puppet shows and songs will promote regulatory under-forest planting and designate key forest areas for conservation. Community support is vital to campaign success.
Designating protected areas of the reserve and teaching communities new ways of cultivating tsaoko will protect the habitat of the caped langur, East hoolock gibbon and other endangered species while improving income alternatives for local people.