More than hundred delegates from 9 different countries to speak at Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum in Guwahati on 2nd-3rd November

Guwahati, 1st November 2017: Balipara Foundation is delighted to announce the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum, 2017 to be held on 2nd and 3rd November 2017, at Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati, Assam, India. A press conference was hosted today at the same venue to introduce the forum.

Scott Macmahan, Atlanta Botanical Garden, USA, Prof Koyu Furusawa, Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment & Society (JACSES), Priyanka Yoshikawa, Miss World Japan, 2016, Ranjit Barthakur, Founder Trustee – Balipara Foundation, Khun Sivaporn Dardarananda, Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, Thailand, Nicholas Claxton, WoW Media UAE & UK, Harry Hakuei Kosato, La Ditta, Japan and Rituraj Phukan, Walk for Water addressed the press conference.

Speaking to the media Ranjit Barthakur said, For the first time, we have the concept of rural futures and I think we will be able to export it to the world. We have people from many countries over the world. Priyanka Yoshikawa is the youngest person who has offered to be the brand ambassador for Eastern Himalayas. She is visiting Assam to be able to connect with Nature, Elephants and meet with global legends of Asian Elephant Conservation. The Government says that investment is needed. Nature is our asset; we are not concentrating on nature and instead ruining things by concentrating on industries. Rituraj Phukan added I am here because the forum is focusing on water. I believe water is the local issue in climate change. Our programme on World Water Day reached more than 100 countries. We have built 8, 500 water centres at 8 most water stressed states in India where we sell water at 25 paisa per litre.

Harry Hakuei Kosato delightfully mentioned that “I have been working in India for the past 10 years in different fields. This is my first time in Assam. We have been doing a lot of work in Assam. Japan has a rich history in nature conservation. India too has a lot to share with Japan. In the next coming days, we will see more of Assam. I think more tourists should be aware of Assam.”

Khun Sivaporn Dardarananda from Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, Thailand said “We are experienced in rehabilitation of elephants. I am here to contribute my experiences as secretary general in Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand, work towards returning captive elephants back to the forest. In addition, I am the director of water foundation, Thailand, also work towards contributing self-sufficiency policies on empowering local communities to develop water resources.”

Priyanka Yashikawa from Japan added “My father is Indian, mother Japanese. This is my first time in Assam. I took a course in Mahout training and that’s one of the reasons why I am here in Assam to be able to work with elephants. To be able to work with nature. I want to share my experiences here in Assam with people from my generation in Japan.”


Miss World Japan, 2016, Priyanka Yoshikawa & Founder Trustee, Balipara Foundation, Ranjit Barthakur

Scott Macmahan, sharing his experience said “For the past 20 years, we have done extensive field work in South East Asia. This is my third visit to Assam. I do research on plants.”

Tomorrow the forum will see an opening address by Mr Ranjit Barthakur, Founder-Trustee of Balipara Foundation, to be followed by numerous conversations revolving around the theme of Community Conservation and Botany.

Since inception, Balipara Foundation has challenged and questioned the narratives that drive conservation efforts the world over. This has led to the development & implementation of socially participative conservation programmes and eventually, the birth of the concept of Rural Futures or RuFu, which is a holistic plan encompassing all human needs and one, which allows wildlife to thrive alongside.

The plenary sessions will explore the role of Botany and Communities in the Conservation of ecosystems through the lens of Naturenomics™, Innovation and Information and implementation plans for RuFu and the world-renowned panelists will talk on exploring reforms required in governance & policy that can have an impact on making conservation more participatory, hence, more effective. Naturenomics™ relates to capital formation for a region or an organization through the creation of ecologically 'compliant' assets in a sustainable manner. Naturenomics™ believes that we can have economic development while sustaining our natural resources.

Communities, Universities, Government, Non-Profits, Donors and Media Professionals from all around the world will engage in a dialogue to explore business models, policy reforms, technology, etc., to identify drivers and innovative ideas for community conservation.

Some of the speakers who would be present at the forum include distinguished personalities like Prof. Jianchu Xu (Kunming Institute of Botany, China), Scott Macmahan (Atlanta Botanic Garden, USA), Belinda Wright (Wildlife Protection Society of India), Dr. Peter E Mortimer (Kunming Institute of Botany, China), Shankar Venkateswaran (Ex, Tata Sustainability Group at Tata Sons Limited, India), Jigme Dorji (Head, Communities, Recreation and Development Section, Park Headquarter, Royal Manas National Park), Lailani Fouad (Nature and Wildlife Association, France), Dr. Nilanjan Ghosh (WWF, India), Harry Hakuei Kosato (La Ditta, Japan) and Ravi Singh (CEO, WWF, India) amongst many others.

A major highlight of the event will be the Balipara Foundation Awards: honours that are conferred to societal entrepreneurs who are working tirelessly to create social, economic and environmental impact in protecting the essential natural resources and restoring the beauty of the Eastern Himalayas. Through the awards, Balipara Foundation focuses the spotlight on ecological crusaders and their work by publishing the case-studies of their work. Since its inception in 2013, over 53 case studies ranging from the protection of endangered species and threatened habitats to the promotion of environmental education, tourism, products and services, emphasizing the interdependence between nature and ecology have been highlighted. In 2017, the award ceremony will be held on the evening of 3rd November where the foundation will recognize 10 new ecological crusaders from the Eastern Himalayas. It will feature the Rabindranath Barthakur Memorial Lecture Series, which invites speakers to inspire and energize these ecological crusaders. His Excellency President of Central Tibetan Administration Dr. Lobsang Sangay will deliver the memorial lecture this year.

The forum will host over hundred dignitaries from 9 countries: the United States of America, France, Norway, Japan, China, Bhutan, Nepal, Thailand and India.

Balipara Foundation thanks partners and supporters who have helped us through the meticulous planning of the event and have provided us with constant support throughout our association.

Our Naturenomics™ Supporters:

Vivanta by Taj (Guwahati, Assam), Himalayan Natural Mineral Water, Wildlife Conservation Trust, Tata Consultancy Services, Diageo, Tata Motors Finance, Wildlife Trust of India, Globally Managed Services, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Wild Mahseer, Tata Trusts

Our Knowledge Partners:

ATREE, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Cotton College State University, The Club of Rome, Dakshin Foundation, Elephant Reintroduction, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Kunming institute of Botany, Missouri Botanical Garden, Myanmar Matters, Rajiv Gandhi University, Sanctuary Nature Foundation, Tezpur University

Our Media Partners are Niyomiya Barta and News Live; Digital Partners are India Water Portal and NE Focus.

Balipara Foundation has set benchmarks in Northeast India when it comes to environment and wildlife conservation. With its Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum, the foundation will not just honour the deserving ecological crusaders, but also bridge the gaps between nations as numerous countries and their commoners unite to take a stand to conserve ecology and work towards a better environment.

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Special Recognition Awardees '17 Jahnabi Phookan and Ashish Phookan
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