The first Indian lady to do a Wildlife and Research Management course, Lifetime Service Awardee, Usha Lachungpa is a Green Crusader carrying forward the bio-cultural heritage of the Eastern Himalays through knowledge and awareness. The Award was presented by Diana Owen
Usha Lachungpa is a South Indian by birth and hails from Mangalore, Karnataka. She completed her education from Bombay University and is a Life Member of the Bombay Natural History Society. She has worked extensively in the field of wildlife, which developed as an interest during her childhood. To broaden her horizon and help the land from where her husband was from, in 1980 Usha decided to move to Sikkim. She also dreamt of raising her family in the peaceful high altitudes of the Himalayas, and her success is in the form of both her daughters working in the tangent of wildlife conservation.
Usha Lachungpa has extensive experience as she has worked with the Bombay Natural History Society as a field biologist on a Hydro-biology project in Keoladeo National Park and the Endangered Species project looking for critically threatened Lesser and Bengal Floricans in 15 Indian states. She also holds accolades for being the first Indian lady to do a Wildlife and Research Management course from Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun, securing one gold and two silvers for her research during her post graduate diploma.
She has been presenting her work in India and abroad to highlight the major concerns of biodiversity and wildlife conservation in the Himalayas. In 1997, she was a recipient of the State Award for the meritorious service by the Government of Sikkim and retired as the Principal Chief Research Officer and Additional Director for Sikkim Biodiversity Board cum State Project Coordinator UNEP GEF MOEFCC ABS Project. Usha's extensive research has led to the enabling of other researchers and organizations from India and other countries to concentrate on various facets of biodiversity.
Knowing the amount of impeccable work done by Usha Lachungpa, she continues to be a pheasant members of the Specialist Group of IUCN, Life member of the Zoo Outreach organization, founder member of the NGOs such as Green Circle, Sikkim and Sikkim Ornithological Society.