Saluting Eco champions from the Eastern Himalayan Region - 2014
Rewarding Environment: Saluting Eco champions form the Eastern Himalayan Region
The Balipara Foundation Awards was instituted to bring into focus conservation case studies and real life champions of the Eastern Himalayan Region. Last year in April Balipara Foundation Awards 2013, honoured and recognized outstanding efforts towards biodiversity conservation across 10 categories. The Award Categories included a Naturenomics™ Award, Green Guru Award, Green Legal Award, Ecological Restoration Award, Eastern Himalayan Conservation Award, Food for the Future Award, Nature Conservancy Award, Young Naturalist Award, Annual Balipara Foundation Award and Lifetime Service Award.
Arindam Das Gupta, winner of last years Naturenomics™ Award says "I was Shocked by the amount of plastic waste being produced from disposable plates, and began finding ways to develop biodegradable plates for the food industry" Through Dhriti, he introduced modern product enhancement and marketing support to small units producing plates from areca nut leaves. Today, his enterprise reaches out to markets across the Northeast as well as major cities like Kolkata and Delhi and will soon be exporting microwaveable plates overseas. He has secured the livelihoods of thousands of young people by offering them working capital loans, advice and management expertise.
Carrying forward that legacy and seeking inspiration from environmental leaders, Balipara Foundation Awards 2014 will once again chronicle stories about environmental stewardship in the Eastern Himalayan Region. Besides the 10 annual categories, the Awards will also pay tribute to the irrepressible “Mahout”, the Late Mark Ronald Shand. The special category ‘Mark Shand Mahout Award’ will pay homage to a group of people that share a most matchless relationship with the magnificent Asian Elephant. The Awards will also feature a special Photo Exhibit, by National Geographic & IUCN, two of the 14 Partner Organizations.
Speaking on the occasion, Nicholas Claxton, Director WOW Media, U.K, one of the chief mentors of BFA 14 says “The awards will help to inspire future environmental leaders and keep alive the hope of sustaining the fragile and unique eco-system of the Eastern Himalayan Region.” The Awards will also be graced by Dr. Khyne U Mar, affectionately known as the Elephant Lady of Myanmar. Her internationally respected work has been described as "material to the very survival of the Asian elephant" The Awards will also feature prominent personalities like renowned film maker Mike Pandey, Dasho Paljor J. Dorji Special Advisor National environment Commission of Bhutan, S. Ramadorai Chairman NSDA, Ajay Desai Co- Chair Asian Elephant specialist group IUCN and more.
The Balipara Foundation Awards is supported by Sanctuary Asia, India's leading wildlife and nature conservation magazine and Aaranyak, the premier biodiversity conservation group in North East. The Awards have been guided by the foundation's Naturenomics™ mandate, which stipulates smarter natural resources management to enhance the quality of human life even as the natural capital base itself is enriched. It is time that the public too is made aware of the connections upon which their own quality of life and security depends and the 2nd edition of the Balipara Foundation Award seeks to bring this matter to the forefront. The event, besides throwing light on successful and inspiring conservation stories, will serve as a platform for like-minded people to share views and raise awareness on critical environmental conflicts of the day.
Below are the Award Categories for BFA 2014.
- Balipara Foundation Wild Life Conservation Award
- Habitat Conservation Award
- Ecological Restoration Award
- Naturenomics™ Award
- Nature Activist Award
- Young Naturalist Award
- Conservation through Innovation Award
- Lifetime Service Award
- Young Entrepreneur Award
- Balipara Foundation Annual Award
- Balipara Foundation Special Award Mark Shand Mahout Award
The Nominations for Balipara Foundation Awards 2014 have been closed on 1st October. For the 11 Award Categories, the Foundation has received more than 50 Nominations across 8 states of Eastern Himalayan Region of India. The foundation will declare this year’s winners on 15th of October.