The power to make a difference lies within us all. Nothing could demonstrate this fact more clearly than the recipients of this year’s Balipara Foundation Awards – ordinary men and women with extraordinary achievements.
Hornbills are an important cultural symbol for many tribes in the north-east, yet they are threatened by hunting and habitat loss. Wild hornbill populations have drastically declined across most of north-east India. Among all the north-eastern states, the five species of hornbills are more abundant in Arunachal Pradesh due to higher forest cover and lower human population pressures. Several tribes across the state have folklore/myths attached to these birds, while hunting occurs for some body parts among particular tribes.
Seijosa, a little town nestled in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh is one of the 43 villages spread across Pakke Tiger Reserve’s buffer zone. It is primarily inhabited by the Nyishi tribals. The Pakke Tiger Reserve is a successful human centric conservation model that protects the hornbills of Arunachal Pradesh. Pakke Tiger Reserve is a haven for a healthy population of four species of hornbills, in a region where hunting for the hornbill horns formed a pivotal symbol of traditional and cultural pride amongst the Nyishi Community.
The Natural Green cover of Taj has been maintained with sustainable actions and is the ideal nature getaway for meaningful green experiences. Their farm to table food, green vistas outside their hotel windows and local trees and shrubs maintain ecological balance and allows one to experience the length & breadth of Taj’s green hospitality.
Enamored by plant stories, captivated by the mysteries of their origin and etymology, and in a constant move to explore exotic plant species – Scott McMahan, Manager of International Plant Exploration Program, Atlanta Botanical Garden, is happy when referred to as a seed collector than a plant collector.