Balipara Foundation Awards - 2014

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Introduction-BFA 14

The fragmentation of Wildlife Habitats resulting in fast disappearing Wildlife Corridors that connect these habitats is widely acknowledged as a major menace to biodiversity conservation. Therefore an understanding of this issue is critical for the cause of conservation. The 2nd edition of the Balipara Foundation Awards seeks to bring this matter to the forefront. Carrying forward the legacy of the Inaugural Awards, BFA 14 will honor 10 outstanding efforts towards "biodiversity conservation in the Eastern Himalayan Region". The awards will also include the Mark Shand Mahout Award, in memory of the Late Mark Shand, one of the greatest "wildlife" personalities of his generation. The event, besides throwing light on successful and inspiring conservation stories, will serve as a platform for like-minded people to share their views & ideas and raise awareness on some of the critical environmental issues of the day. But most importantly the Awards will set an example of what can be achieved through passion.

 

Date
  • 7th of November 2014
Chief Event Host
  • Guwahati, Assam, India
Co-Host
  • Recognizing best practices in Natural Habitat & Wildlife Corridor Conservation.
Award Categories
  • Balipara Foundation Wild Life Conservation Award
  • Balipara Foundation Habitat Conservation Award
  • Balipara Foundation Riverine Conservation Award
  • Balipara Foundation Annual Award.
  • Balipara Foundation NaturenomicsTM Award.
  • Balipara Foundation Nature Activist Award.
  • Balipara Foundation Young Naturalist Award
  • Balipara Foundation Innovation Award.
  • Balipara Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Balipara Foundation Lifetime Service Award
  • Balipara Foundation Young Entrepreneur Award
Special Award
  • Mahout Mark Shand Recognition for Elephant Management
Late Rabindra
Nath Barthakur
Memorial Lecture
  • Restoring Natural Wildlife Habitats & Corridors through Transboundary Conservationk
Special Announcements
  • The Balipara Foundation Research Scholarship.
  • The Balipara Foundation Indo-Myan Biodiversity Park Project.
Jury Panel
  • Mr. Ranjit Barthakur. Chairman - Balipara Foundation
  • Mr. Bittu Shagal. Chief Editor - Sanctuary Asia.
  • Mr. Bibhab Talukdar. General Secretary - Aaranyak
  • Mrs. Radhika Barthakur. Trustee - Balipara Foundation
  • Mr. Dhiraj Kakati. Managing Trustee - APPL Foundation

 

Annexure 1: Award Categories and Description BFA 14:

Sr No Award Category Description
1 Balipara Foundation Wild Life Conservation Award.
  • Diversity is the Soul of Planet Earth. This award will be presented to an individual or organization that has helped in Enhancing biodiversity and/or ecosystem functioning e.g. projects that deliver significant enhancement or creation of biodiversity assets by going 'above and beyond' what is required.
2 Balipara Foundation Habitat Conservation Award
  • Natural habitats are critical to natural diversity. This award will be presented to an individual or organization that has spearheaded efforts to conserve critical ecosystems
3 Balipara Foundation Riverine Conservation Award
  • Rivers are nurseries for civilizations. Any individual, community or organization that has contributed significantly and successfully to protect the Riverine eco-system of the Eastern Himalaya shall be conferred the Riverine Conservation Award
4 Balipara Foundation Annual Award.
  • The Inter-disciplinary Annual Award will be presented to a government or non-government organization, whose contribution to the protection of wild nature has gone beyond the call of duty and which has displayed demonstrable success in the arena of nature conservation.
5 Balipara Foundation NaturenomicsTM Award.
  • The NaturenomicsTM Award will be offered to an individual that practically epitomizes the spirit of NaturenomicsTM, thereby creating an example of 'inter-dependence between Nature and Economics.
6 Balipara Foundation Nature Activist Award
  • The Award will be presented to an individual that has demanded change & tirelessly campaigned to bring forth issues and raise questions that are deemed critical to biodiversity conservation.
7 Balipara Foundation Young Naturalist Award
  • The award will be presented to an individual whose curiosity is stimulated by the mystics of our natural surroundings. Someone between the age group of 18-30 with particular interest in documenting the biodiversity of a particular region.
8 Balipara Foundation Innovation Award.
  • This award will be presented to an individual that exemplifies the spirit of "innovation as a fuel for change"
9 Balipara Foundation Lifetime Service Award
  • The Lifetime Service Award is for an individual of legendry proportions. Someone who has inspired a generation of aspiring legends. We are looking for a wise individual renowned as an encyclopedia of natural knowledge.
10 Balipara Foundation Young Entrepreneur Award
  • This award will be presented to an individual who seeks to develop leadership potential through community based sustainability projects. His venture will be judged on the work in the areas of environmental, education, natural resource management.
Special Award Balipara Foundation Special Award Mark Shand Mahout Award.
  • Instituted in memory of the Late Mark Shand, the award will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution towards the well-being of the Asiatic Elephant population

 

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