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.

Case Study: Richard Belho

An architect by profession, Richard Belho was keen to provide avenues to promote art and culture while protecting the environment. In 2002, he set up Zynorique, a Bengaluru-based firm along with Kezhagwetuo (Ato) Peseyie to impart training and employable skills to the local youth of Nagaland. Through the organization he aims to inspire and motivate youth to protect the environment and create awareness about Nagaland’s art and culture. Over the last decade, through Zynorique, Richard and his team have worked on several initiatives with the goal of empowering the people of Nagaland.

Case Study: Thingnam Girija

Thingnam Girija’s love for flowers and children is evident through her work as a teacher working with autistic children. But it is her lifelong passion for flowers that led her to create a one-of-its-kind website along with Dr. Tabish Qureshi, a physics professor at Jamia Millia. The duo undertook this endeavour when they realized that there was little to no information available online about India’s floral heritage. The project took the duo across the terrains of north and northeast India to photograph and study flowers.

Case Study: Panchan Lakhar Community Conserved Area Management Committee

The local communities in and around forests are the real stakeholders and are best equipped to protect the forests and its wildlife and their involvement is extremely crucial. The villagers of the Kharman and Kyalegteng in Arunachal Pradesh are a testimony to this fact. In 2011, these villagers, inspired by the idea of Community Conserved Area approached the Tata Trusts and WWF – India for technical and financial support in demarcating 85 sq. km. of Unclassed State Forest land as the Pangchen Lakhar Community Conserved Area (PLACCA).

Balipara Foundation Celebrates Awardees of 2015

List of the winners of Balipara Foundation Awards in 2015


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