The Balipara Foundation Awards introduced by the Balipara Foundation in 2013, stands as a platform to reward and encourage the efforts of grassroots conservationist and social entrepreneurs working tirelessly towards preserving the rich biodiversity of the Eastern Himalayas.
Balipara Foundation WildLife Conservation Award
Sendenyu Community Biodiversity and Wildlife Conservation Committee from Nagaland
Balipara Foundation Naturenomics Award
Hong Village Community, Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Balipara Foundation Green Legal Award
Balipara Foundation Eastern Himalayan Conservation Award
Miksak Apal Natural Resource Management Group from Garo Hills, 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-hectare Selbalgre Village Reserve Forest. Because of the efforts of Miksak Apal Natural Resource Management Group, the community conserved forest is now also home to elephants, wild pigs, monkeys, deer, different species of birds and reptiles, and even the endangered Hoolock gibbon. Tourists flock to the village from different parts of India to experience the serene beauty of Selbalgre.
They have proved that natural resources can be protected and conserved with the active participation of communities by making Selbalgre a model village for others to emulate.
The Balipara Foundation Green Guru Award
Purnima Devi Barman
Balipara Foundation young Naturalist Award
Sandeep Gurung from Sikkim
The Balipara Foundation Food for Future Award
Robin Naiding from Karbi Anglong, Assam
The Balipara Foundation Nature Conservancy Award
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 has 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. He organised awareness meetings in villages near poaching-dominated areas, deployed armed personnel on National Highway 37 to keep a watch on poachers coming from Manipur and Dimapur and arranged for 15 village defence parties for highway patrolling. Mr. Deben Bora deserves the credit for apprehending more than 130 poachers and recovering ammunition from them. It was under his leadership that the Assam police conducted search operations in Manipur and Nagaland for the first time sending a stern message to poachers that these places were no longer safe havens for them.
Mr. Bora has gone beyond his line of duty time and again because he firmly believes that the coming generations should see the one-horned rhino in flesh and blood, rather than in museums or books of extinct species.