Eastern Himalayas

Case Study: Jigme Dorji, Bhutan

Mr. Jigme Dorji was presented the Forest Guard Award by Ms. Sunita Khaund Bhuyan

In a career spanning the last 20 years, Mr. Jigme Dorji joined the Bhutan Forest Service Department as a Range Officer and now serves as Head, Communities, Recreation and Development Section, Park Headquarter, Royal Manas National Park. Apart from carrying his official activities in an impeccable manner, Mr. Dorji have made a mark as a forest officer who has worked closely with the local communities and has advocated science-based conservation research and action.

Case Study: Deben Bora, Assam

Deben Bora was presented the Nature Conservancy Award by Dr Chandrashekar Hariharan,Balipara Foundation’s Gautam Baruah received the award on his behalf

After joining the Jakhalabandha Police Station as the officer-in-charge in 2014, Mr. Deben Bora have been on a single-minded mission to thwart rhino poaching attempts in the Kaziranga National Park.  Realising that the Burapahar and Bagari range were poaching hotspots, Mr. Bora developed effective mitigation measures relying on his experience.

Case Study: Robin Naiding Karbi Anglong, Assam

Rolf von Bueren, LADV, Thailand presents the Food for Future Award to Robin Naiding from Karbi Anglong, Assam

Realising the importance of natural resource management, Mr. Robin Naiding have encouraged and sensitised the village community of Bagadima comprising 42 households in Assam to create less pressure on forest cover and make the best use of land and its resources in a sustainable manner. He have promoted horticulture crops such as litchi, mango, banana, and parkia in his village with organic management of soil fertility and used cover crops to reduce weed growth and soil erosion. Under the leadership of Mr.

Case Study: Sandeep Gurung Sikkim

Armstrong Pame, the first IAS officer from Zemay Tribe of the Naga people, presents the young Naturalist Award to Sandeep Gurung from Sikkim

A writer and green activist, the seeds of Mr. Sandeep Gurung’s green consciousness were in many ways laid down by his parents. Mr. Gurung run Oh My India (OMI), a social group that creates awareness on the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling domestic waste, which has inspired thousands of individuals to change their lifestyles. He carved a niche for himself in the fashion world at a young age and is the owner of Green Gangtok – the first-of-its-kind eco- friendly fashion boutique in Sikkim. Mr.

Case Study: Sandeep Gurung Sikkim

Armstrong Pame, the first IAS officer from Zemay Tribe of the Naga people, presents the young Naturalist Award to Sandeep Gurung from Sikkim

A writer and green activist, the seeds of Mr. Sandeep Gurung’s green consciousness were in many ways laid down by his parents. Mr. Gurung run Oh My India (OMI), a social group that creates awareness on the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling domestic waste, which has inspired thousands of individuals to change their lifestyles. He carved a niche for himself in the fashion world at a young age and is the owner of Green Gangtok – the first-of-its-kind eco- friendly fashion boutique in Sikkim. Mr.

Case Study: Purnima Devi Barman, Assam

Nellie Ahmed Tanweer, founder of the idea ‘Nature as our Classroom’ presents the Green Guru Award to Purnima Devi Barman for preserving the Greater Adjutant Stork in Assam

A guardian for the Greater Adjutant Stork in Assam, Purnima Devi Barman have campaigned relentlessly for the conservation of this rare species, influenced public opinion and boosted the chances of their survival. As a child growing up near the Palababari and Deepor Beel wetlands, Ms. Barman wondered about these birds and later as an adult, she returned to Deepor Beel with Aaranyak, an NGO working on biodiversity conservation and wildlife.

Case Study: Miksak Apal Natural Resource Management Group Meghalaya

Szarita Laitphlang,Secretary and Spokesperson MREGC, honours winner of The Eastern - Himalayan Conservation Award, Miksak Apal Natural Resource Management Group

Formed in 2004-2005, the Miksak Apal Natural Resource Management Group (NaRMG) trains the village community of Selbalgre in natural resource, organisation and financial management with an emphasis on the restoration of the environment along with improvement of livelihoods. Under their aegis, community members have taken over the conservation and management of the 35-hecatre Selbalgre Village Reserve Forest.

Case Study: Rohit Choudhury, Assam

Bruce Rich, environmental lawyer presents the Green Legal Award to Rohit Choudhury

Using a combination of the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) and litigation before the National Green Tribunal, Mr. Rohit Choudhury has highlighted several violations of law with respect to environmental issues in Assam before the courts over the past decade.

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