Forest Guard Award 2015

The Balipara Special Award to Forest Guard in 2015 went to 6 fearless and courageous guards. Namita Kalita, Dharmistha Medhi Das, Pema Thinley, Amar Sing Deka, Rajen Panika, Sontush A. Sangma. 1) Namita Kalita Namita Kalita – Posted at Ghorakati Range under Kaziranga Park, Namita has proven her mettle on several occasions braving the difficult conditions of the park. Her drive and zeal have led her to show great initiative and excellent leadership qualities.

Biodiversity And Nature Conservation Network (BIOCONE)

BIOCONE is only five years old, having been officially launched in October 15, 2010 in Mizoram and has since then quickly garnered a strong reputation as a supporter of Mizoram’s wilderness areas. The organization believes in covering a lot of ground through education, outreach programmes including forest and lake clean up drives, awareness programmes and field work such as building and using nest boxes for birds. BIOCONE’s systematic approach at the grassroot level has truly made a difference and hence was awarded The Balipara Foundation Annual Award.

Case Study: Achintya Kumar Sinha

Achintya Kumar Sinha began his career with the Indian Forest Service when he joined the Tripura Rehabilitation and Plantation Corporation Limited (TRPC) in 1989. During his tenure at the Divisional Forest Office, Ambasa, he involved the forest staff, a local youth group and the Voluntary Health Association of Tripura to revive a patch of deforested land. This was probably Northeast India’s first ever Joint Forest Management (JFM) project, making Tripura the eighth Indian state to embrace JFM.

Case Study: Ritwick Dutta

Ritwick Dutta’s love for India’s wilds manifested early in his life and an insuppressible urge to protect those very wilds led him to become an environmental lawyer. Having a degree in sociology, a law degree from the University of Delhi and a Diploma in Environmental Law from the Centre of Environmental Law, WWF – India, he believes his true training and understanding of the scenario came from travelling extensively around the country.

Case Study: Dr. K.M. Bujabaruah

K.M. Bujabaruah’s meritorious career in various capacities ranging from a scientist to the Director of National Research Centre and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Research Complex for Northeastern Hill Region and Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi have seen him contribute immensely to the improvement of agricultural technology and practices in the Northeast. Blessed with a good scientific and administrative acumen, he introduced sustainable agricultural technologies to the farming community throughout the Northeast.

Case Study: Nimesh Ved

Under Nimesh Ved’s leadership, Samrakshan, a non-profit organization has been working towards conservation education and capacity building for over a decade. His organization has collaborated with local communities to secure the Balpakram-Baghmara landscape which is now identified as a top priority elephant corridor. He also undertook staff training and surveys to help establish the Tokalo Wildlife Sanctuary, which was subsequently notified. His undying perseverance in providing and taking conservation education to the remotest corners of the Northeast is truly commendable.

Khanchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC)

In 1996, out of shared concern for the sensitive biodiversity of the rich Khangchendzonga mountain ecosystem, the community-based Khanchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC) was born in Yuksam in west Sikkim. A tight, solid team of wildlife enthusiasts, community leaders, students and teachers, KCC is devoted to protecting and conserving the ecosystem with a well thought out, multi-pronged approach. They organize environmental education programmes to educate the rural masses and the youth, the future flag bearers of the community.

Case Study: Rupjyoti Saikia

Rupjyoti Saikia’s efforts to provide training, and other facilities to local weavers led to a movement that saw M / S Artistic Traditional Textile being established in Bochagaon. This has been beneficial to rural women and helped them become financially independent. Saikia continues to conduct training programmes for women artisans on design implementation, surface ornamentation, new techniques and modern market trends. She enables sales through her boutique ‘Kaziranga Haat’ in Bochagaon and also reaches out to suppliers around the country.


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