Balipara Foundation Report 2015

Balipara Foundation Report 2015

This booklet was specially complied to capture the spirit of Balipara Foundation & two key events – ‘Elephant Talk: Asian Elephants in the Wild’ and the ‘Balipara Foundation Awards 2014’. Designed and compiled by Balipara Foundation.


Balipara Foundation Team comprising of Sanjid Dutta, Robin Eastment, Nitu Kumar Kalita, Pragyan Sharma, Gautam Baruah, Sagar Shringarpure, Sangeeta Menezes and Kenrick Ferns.

Balipara Foundation acknowledges the contribution of Bittu Sahgal, Daanish Shastri, Anirudh Nair, Gaurav Shirodkar.

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At a function last month in Guwahati, the 2015 Balipara Foundation Awards were given to seven conservation activists in diverse fields and three community-based organizations

The Balipara Foundation Lifetime Service Award – B.M. Khaitan

B.M. Khaitan, the doyen of the tea industry is known throughout the country for his ethical and moral values and philanthropic way of life. His ingenious move of acquiring tea companies in Assam when several of the big players diluted their interest in plantations, ensured that the tea estates were in safe hands, before those with short-term ulterior motives could lay their hands on them.

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.


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