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The Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum since 2013 has been a platform to drive conservation actions through the frameworks of Rural Futures and Naturenomics™ towards building social mobility assets and preserving our nature capital to build an equitable society. The Forum is a multi-disciplinary platform that has hosted eminent personalities from over 20+ countries, 2000+ distinguished speakers and participants from multi-disciplinary fields and awarded 80+ Social Recognition Balipara Foundation Awards.

Rural Futures

The future with communities, livelihoods, nature-centred economy, biodiversity, education and natural resources is Rural Futures and thereby, an equitable and just future. Rural Futures is Balipara Foundation’s flagship framework aimed at demonstrating that a Naturenomics™ driven economy is both viable and suitable for communities in the long run.

 

Theme for 2019

Rural Futures: Nature Capital towards Universal Basic Assets

The absolute value of all-natural ecosystem services and natural assets such as biodiversity, forests, water bodies etc. – can be used to propel community development and by pegging development to natural capital, we create a circular loop for natural asset regeneration.

Universal Basic Assets serves as a foundation for conservation and community empowerment for sustainable well-being and to build an equitable society. In its 7th year, Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2019 will serve as a dialogue to drive more sustainable actions towards Rural Futures: Nature Capital Towards Universal Basic Assets. The objective of the Forum 2019 is to understand and to discuss about possible ways to create a system for Natural Capital Enhancement & subsequent sustainable liquidation towards Universal Basic Assets.

 
 
 

09:00
Welcome & Registration

09:30-09:40
Looking Back: The Journey of Balipara Foundation & Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum

Prabir Banerjea
Karishma Ahmed
Balipara Foundation

09:40-10:00
Setting the Tone: National & Global Strategies for the SDGs

Mainstreaming SDGs into national policies, plans and strategies and integrating varied dimensions of sustainable development

By
Ambassador Chandrashekhar Dasgupta, Prime Minister’s Council for Climate Change, India

10:00-11:00
Inter-Disciplinary Thought Leadership for the Naturenomics™ Civilization

Ranjit Barthakur, Balipara Foundation

In conversation with

Jianchu Xu, Kunming Institute of Botany, China - Botanist
Sunayana Sarkar, NMIMS, India – Geologist
Dibakar Goswami, USA – Geophysicist
Namita Vikas, Yes Bank, India – Social Finance
Mikko Pötsönen, Embassy of Finland, India - Diplomat
Mayank Vihang, NMIMS University, India – Astro Physicist
Rita Banerji, Green Hub, India – Documentary Filmmaker
Reza Masoom, Balipara Foundation – Engineer & Forester
Dipti Gorh – Balipara Foundation - Botanist

11:00-11:30
Refreshment Break

11:30-11:45
The Naturenomics™ Civilization Through Rural Futures (Rufu™)

Saurav Malhotra
Joanna Dawson
Balipara Foundation, India

11:45-11:50
Impact Bonds Towards Universal Basic Assets

Richard Hawkes, The British Asian Trust, UK
Video Message

11:50-12:35
Nature Capital Optimisation for Delivering Universal Basic Assets

How could the value of Ecosystem based services be used to deliver Universal Basic Assets?


A.M. Singh, PCCF & HoFF, Ministry of Forests & Environment, Govt. of Assam

In conversation with
 Sarath Davala, Basic Income Network, India
Sarmistha Das, Tezpur University, India
Raj Phukan, Green Guard Nature Organisation, India
Suresh Pait, Pakke Tiger Reserve, India

12:35-12:45
Valuation of Nature Capital Towards Reducing Socio-Economic Inequalities

How can we mainstream the worth & subsequent valuation of Natural Assets in an equitable manner?
Lord Nick Stern
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & Environment, LSE, UK
Video Message

12:45-13:00
Book Launch

Naturenomics™ 8.0

A Handbook on Ethnobotany : Across 7 Ethnic Communities of Assam

 

13:00-14:00
Lunch

14:00-14:10

(Hall 1)

Anthropogenic Causes & Geogenic Outcomes: An arterial link to Universal Basic Assets

Sunayana Sarkar, NMIMS University,India

(Hall 2)

Community Ownership of Land for Conservation Incentives

Purnima Devi Barman, Aaranyak, India

14:10-14:20

(Hall 1)

Forests based Livelihoods in the North-east

Speaker: Atanu Saha, Northeastern Council,India

(Hall 2)

Ground Water Contamination and Natural Biosorbents

Harshita Singh, NMIMS, India

14:20-15:05

(Hall 1)

Importance Of Education From The Grassroots To The Forests

How education forms a basic pillar towards lasting change


Vibha Dhawan, TERI, India

In conversation with

Mikko Pötsönen, Embassy of Finland, New Delhi
Ravneet Pawha, Deakin University,India
Rishi Raj Sarmah, Living Art, India

(Hall 2)

Nature Capital for Food Security

How can we best preserve and propagate the endemic biological diversity of the Eastern Himalayas?


K.M Bujarbaruah, Rtd. Assam Agricultural University, India

In conversation with

Jatindra Sharma, India
Zabed Hossain, Dhaka University
Naresh Swami, India
Komison Mili, Mishing Village, India

15:05-15:30
Refreshment Break

15:30-15:45

(Hall 1)

Enhancing Nature Capital Through Organic Agroforestry In Tea/Jute

Siddharth Singh, The Jute Foundation, India

15:45-16:00

(Hall 1)

Exploring Ecosystem Services, Alternate Livelihood Issues, Awareness & Advocacy

Dr. Narayan Sharma, Cotton University, India

(Hall 2)

Traditional Climate Knowledge of North-east India

Kamal Kumar Tanti, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, India

(Hall 1)

16:00-16:45

Mindful Tourism to Enhance Local Economies & Alternate Livelihoods

Showcasing case studies from across Eastern Himalayan region


Raj Basu, HelpTourism, India

In conversation with
Prabir Banerjea, Balipara Foundation,India
Roopa Baruah, Filmamker, India
Niranjan Das, Harupeswar Foundation, India

(Hall 2)

16:00-17:00

Screening : Planet Fungi

A pioneering Fungi adventure in remote eastern Himalayas

 

17:00-17:45​

 

Peter Mortimer, Kunming Institute of Botany, China

 

In conversation with
Akeina Gonmei, Rongmei Batist Association, India
Pranjal Baruah, Mushroom Development Foundation, India
Gautam Baruah, Balipara Foundation, India
Prasanna Daimary, Mushroom Farmer, India
Gabriel Gonmei, Rongmei Batist Association, India

 

 

16:45-17:00

(Hall 1)

Asian Elephants in the Wild

K.K Sarma, Assam Agricultural University, India

17:00-17:45

(Hall 1)

India & China Towards Sustainable Development

Effective transboundary collaboration for small holders towards the SDGs

S. Ramadorai, Tata Consultancy Services, India
Krishan Varma, Special Secretary (Retd.), Govt. of India
 Jianchu Xu, Kunming Institute of Botany, China
Kalpana Sarathy, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India

17:45-17:50

(Hall 1)

Social Business : Visions And Actions For Rural Futures

Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus Yunus Centre, Bangladesh
Video Message

9:00-9:30

Wilderness… The Nature-Based Solution for Life, Livelihoods & Love

Vance G. Martin, Wild Foundation, USA
A dialogue between - Vance G. Martin & Bittu Sahgal

9:30-9:45

(Hall 1)

Krishan Varma, Special Secretary (Rtd.), Govt. of India

9:45-11:00

(Hall 1)

Heroes of the Wild Frontiers: Screening

Shedding light on some of the most  riveting stories & experiences of forest guards


Anish Andheria, Wildlife Conservation Trust, India

Krishnendu Bose, EarthCare Films, India
Rohini Ballave, DFO-Kaziranga, India
Tana Tapi, DFO- Pakke, India
Kime Rambia, Ranger-Pakke, India
Santi Ram Chetri, India
Tangru Meiji, India

(Hall 2)

Community Autonomy & Governance Of Nature Capital

How do we envision a community run ecological civilisation? What capacities will have to be built for autonomy?


Bittu Sahgal, Sanctuary Asia, India

In conversation with
Lt. Gen Arun Kumar Sahni, India
Anish Andheria, Wildlife Conservation Trust, India
Tambor Lyngdoh, Khasi Hills REDD++, India
Kartik Shukul, India

11:00-11:30
Refreshment Break

11:30-11:45

(Hall 1)

Sustainable Livelihood Initiatives through Empower

Hasina Kharbhih, Impulse Network Organisation, India

(Hall 2)

Rural Health

Hakuei Kosato, Japan

11:45-12:00

Book Launch

Pathways to Green India Innovative Ideas to Protect Our Species Vol 3.

Karuna Singh, Earth Day Network, India

12:00-12:45

(Hall 1)

Nature Capital: A New Financial Economy for the Eastern Himalayas

What will a nature capital based financial system look like? How will we ensure appreciation in the worth of natural assets? What will be its’ instruments?


Namita Vikas, Yes Bank, India
Saleem Khan, British Asian Trust, India
Sameer Sinha, Govt. of Assam, India
Mike Korchinsky, Wildlife Works, USA

(Hall 2)

Challenges & Solutions Towards Enhancing Biodiversity Protection

12:45-13:00

(Hall 1)

Book Launch

The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra (Oxford)


Arupjyoti Saikia, IIT Guwahati, India

13:00-14:30

Lunch

14:30-16:00

(Hall 2)

Conservation Beyond Borders

Heritage as a connecting link in the Eastern Himalayas – a collaborative session (with support from UNESCO Category 2 Centre on World Natural Heritage Site Management Training for Asian & the Pacific region at Wildlife Institute of India)

Keynote Speakers: Vinay Sheel Oberoi, IAS(Retd.)

Former Ambassador & Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO
 

Followed by panel discussion with
Rita Banerjea, Green Hub, India
Shiela Bora, INTACH, India
Bibhuti Lahkar, Aranyak, India
Moderated by: Sonali Ghosh, Niraj Kakati, Persis Farooqy

 

7th BALIPARA FOUNDATION SOCIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS 18:30 Hrs

 

18:45

An Instrumental Ode to Nature

Tezpuria Thespian

18:55

Setting the Tone

Nicholas Claxton, WoW Media, UK & UAE
Rudy Marak, Wild Mahseer, India

19:05-19:20

Social Recognition Awards

The Annual Balipara Foundation Award
Naturenomics™ Award
Special Recognition Award - Habitat Restoration

19:20-19:22

Screening

Nature is Speaking | Shailene Woodley is Forest

19:22-19:40
7th Rabindranath Barthakur Memorial Lecture

Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Indian Historian, Author & Chancellor – Ashoka University

19:40-20:00
Social Recognition Awards

Eastern Himalayan Conservation Award
Special Recognition Award – Social Activist
Special Recognition Award – Mushrooms for Food Security

20:00-20:05

Screening

20:05-20:15

Social Recognition Awards

Nature Conservancy Award
Food for Future Award
Forest Rangers & Guwards Awards

20:15-20:25

In Conversation with Music – For the People, Forests & the Eastern Himalayas

Angaarag Papon Mahanta
A sensitive, emotive poet & musician

20:25-20:35

Social Recognition Award

Lifetime Service Award

20:35-20:45

Valedictory Address

Hon’ble Minister – Finance, Transformation & Development
Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma

20:45-20:50

Book Launch

Rural Futures Vol. 1

20:50-21:00

Vote of Thanks

Balipara Foundation

21:00 onwards

Dinner

Inaugurating the 7th Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum, 2019

Transformative dialogues on Nature Capital for Universal Basic Assets


 

Tracing the journey of Balipara Foundation and Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum, speakers Prabir Banerjea and Karishma Ahmed, of Balipara Foundation, inaugurated the much awaited Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2019 today, at Hotel Palacio, Guwahati. Now on its 7th edition, the Forum, serves as a dialogue to drive more sustainable actions towards Rural Futures— The objective being understanding and discussing possible ways to create a system for natural capital enhancement and subsequent sustainable liquidation towards Universal Basic Assets.

Rural Futures™ is Balipara Foundation’s flagship framework to facilitate socio-economic mobility in the forest-fringe communities of the Eastern Himalayas, through habitat restoration and other biodiversity conservation and preservation efforts.

Keeping that in mind, Ambassador Chandrasekhar Dasgupta, Prime Minister’s Council for Climate Change, India, opened the first session “Setting the Tone: National and Global Strategies for the SDGs”, speaking about the need to integrate sustainable development goals into national policies, plans and strategies, and regularize varied dimensions of sustainable development in the country.

This was followed by a panel discussion on “Interdisciplinary Thought-Leadership for the Naturenomics™ Civilization”. The panel was hosted by Ranjit Barthakur, Founder- Balipara Foundation and comprised notable speakers from multi-disciplinary fields like A.M. Singh, India, Jianchu Xu, China, Dibakar Goswami, USA, K.M. Bujarbaruah, Mayank Vahia, Rita Banerji, Sunayana Sarkar, Namita Vikas, Reza Masoom and Dipti Gorh, India. The panel explored all possible methods for sustainably using our natural capital to deliver access to universal basic assets such as education and healthcare to communities across the region.  With a clear focus on regenerating natural assets and capital, the panel highlighted the need for a shift from the current economic paradigm towards one that reconciles human and biodiversity needs for a sustainable future— The only way forward to achieving sustainable financial growth pegged to natural capital creation and equitable access to universal basic assets.

Saurav Malhotra and Joanna Dawson, members of Balipara Foundation, then spoke about putting Naturenomics™ to practice through Rural Futures™– Establishing Naturenomics™ civilization that can support all, through various regenerative systems. 

This was followed by a video message from Richard Hawkes, The British Asian Trust, UK and a talk delivered by Saleem Khan, India Director, The British Asian Trust, India on “Impact Bonds Towards Universal Basic Assets.” The key takeaway from the session was to look at Impact Bonds as essential but not a fix for all the socio-economic-environmental challenges we encounter— Instead to gradually incorporate social finance and innovative finance to bring about development.

Addressing the question of how the value of ecosystem-based services could be used, to deliver universal basic assets, a panel chaired by Anish Andheria, Wildlife Conservation Trust, India, was held on “Nature Capital Optimization for Delivering Universal Basic Assets” where Anish said, “The ill effects of the tsunami of development can be countered by building a strong connection between natural, financial and social capital”. The other panelists were Sarath Davala, Basic Income Network, Sarmistha Das, Tezpur University, Rituraj Phukan, Green Guard Nature Organization and Suresh Pait, Pakke Jungle Camp. 

A video message on mainstreaming the worth and subsequent valuation of natural assets in an equitable manner, by Lord Nick Stern of Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & Environment, LSE, UK, shortly followed. To quote Lord Nick Stern: 

“We are already beginning to change the way we look at Economics, as a subject, which is also undergoing a slow change, particularly if you look at the theory of growth. It is not just human capital, physical capital and technology but if we have to bring down poverty, we also have to consider natural capital and social capital”

The latter half of the Forum 2019, had multiple parallel sessions. While Sunayana Sarkar of NMIMS University, India, spoke about “Anthropogenic Causes & Geogenic Outcomes: An arterial link to Universal Basic Assets”, Purnima Devi Barman of Aaranyak, India, held her session on how “Community based Wildlife Conservation” is crucial and ecologically beneficial.

Kaushik Deka of India Today, spoke about the challenges of mainstreaming environmental news. 

To quote him: 

“Education is largely responsible for why environmental news is still not mainstream. Unless environmental degradation affects people and their daily life, they will not start treating environmental news seriously. Delhi for instance, is a good example now. Educated people chose to celebrate Diwali, for just one day, and it has come at a cost. However, there should be more positive communication between Environmentalism and media at the same time.” 

Harshita Singh, Assistant Professor at NMIMS, who has specialized in Environmental Engineering, delivered a talk on “Ground Water Contamination and Natural Biosorbents.” Relevant issues, such as mindful tourism as an effective tool to propel local economies, were addressed by Raj Basu of Help Tourism, along with Prabir Banerjea, Roopa Barua, Niranjan Das, and Jashoda Chettri. 

On “The Importance of Education from the Grassroots to the Forests”, Dr Vibha Dhawan held conversation with Ravneet Pawha, Deakin University, Rishi Raj Sarmah, Living Art, Tamara Law Goswami, and Vasavi Acharjya of IIFPL to establish education as an unparalleled method to lasting change. 

A very impactful statement made at the session was, “Environment is a cross-disciplinary space. It is only when people pursue higher studies that they think about a cross-disciplinary field. But it has to start earlier. Our education system is not keeping up with the rapid environmental changes. We have to inculcate sustainable values, transform syllabus for formal education. Our issues are different in depth and breadth and we have to look at individual spaces, we have to understand traditional knowledge and work accordingly with it.”

A panel discussion on “Nature Capital for Food security”, as an effort to address how the endemic biological diversity of the Eastern Himalayas can be preserved and propagated, was held where notable speakers like K.M. Bujarbaruah, Jatindra Sarma, Zabed Hossain, Naresh Swami and Komison Mili shared their perspectives. 

The Forum also witnessed the launch of A Handbook on Ethnobotany: Across 7 Ethnic Communities of Assam, a Naturenomics™ 8.0 publication.

The book launch was followed by another set of parallel sessions. Siddharth Singh, of The Jute Foundation spoke about “Enhancing Nature Capital Through Organic Agroforestry in Tea/Jute.” Omkar Gupta of Development Alternatives shared his opinion on livelihood models that are based on Circular Economy Principles- or community owned and Community operated principles. 

Dr Naryan Sharma of Cotton University held a session on “Exploring Ecosystem Services, Alternate Livelihood Issues, Awareness and Advocacy” and Kamal Kumar Tanti of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology shared his perspective on the traditional climate knowledge of Northeast India. Dr K. K. Sharma of Assam Agricultural University, a pioneer in the field of research on elephant anesthetics, delivered a talk on “Asian Elephants on the Wild.”

A session on effective transboundary collaboration for small holders towards the SDGs was held. A panel comprising S. Ramadorai, Krishan Varma, Jianchu Xu, Kalpana Sarathy was in conversation regarding a partnership of India and China to work towards sustainable development.

The Forum also screened a short documentary Planet Fungi that was followed by a session on fungi trails in remote parts of Eastern Himalayas and how they continue to impact rural livelihoods. The session was conducted by Peter E Mortimer of Kunming Institute of Botany, China; and the panel included Akeina Gonmei, Pranjal Baruah, Gautam Baruah, Prasanna Daimary, and Gabriel Gonmei.

Mayank Vahia, former scientist at TIRF, Mumbai and currently working at NMIMS, delivered a very interesting talk on “Ethnoastronomy: Cultural Traditions and the Stars.” 

The first day of the Forum was successfully closed with a video message from Dasho Karma Ura from the Centre of Bhutan Studies and GNH, Bhutan, on Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index and how Bhutan achieved it, by accommodating years of change, having faith in integrity of communities and believing in individual personal growth.

Guwahati, 6th November, 2019: Following the discourse on identifying and capitalizing on our natural capital to deliver universal basic assets and facilitate socio-economic mobility in the local communities of the Eastern Himalayas, the second day of Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2019 began with keynote speaker Krishan Varma, Special Secretary (Rtd.), Govt. of India delivering a talk on “Sustainable Tourism in the Eastern Himalayan Region: Opportunities and Challenges.” 

Shortly after a conversation between Vance G. Martin, Wild Foundation, USA, Devanshi Vaid, India Development Review and Bittu Sahgal, Founder Editor, Sanctuary Asia, on “Wilderness: The Nature based Solution for Life, Livelihood, and Love” followed. 
Quoting Vance G. Martin: 

“In the face of apartheid, two people, black and white, worked together with a team, to save the White Rhinos of Africa from extinction. There were challenges every day but they overcame them and now there are about 25000 of them. Back when they started, in 1959, there were only 800 of them. So, the issue is not wildlife, but people. The World Wilderness project, is our flagship project to develop community prosperity, because that’s the wholeness that life has given us. We are at a historic moment now, when earth’s people need, more than ever, the protection of Earth’s wilderness.”

A short documentary, Heroes of the Wild Frontiers, that highlighted some of the most riveting narratives and experiences of the forest guards manning the Eastern Himalayas, was screened, which was immediately followed by an interesting panel discussion on the same by Anish Andheria, Wildlife Conservation Trust, Krishnendu Bose, Earth Care Films, Rohini Ballave, DFO-Kaziranga, Tana Tapi, DFO- Pakke, Kime Rambia, Ranger-Pakke, Santi Ram Chetri, Kaziranga, and Tangru Meiji, Pakke.
Anish Andheria on existing issues of the forest lands: 

“There is a 50% vacancy in the forest departments of India and 15 to 16 permanent posts to protect acres and acres of forest areas. While people are often hired from the local communities to protect the forests, they are not provided any job security and they often don’t get daily wage, for months. Yet they cover 200 kilometers a month, through very difficult terrains to protect the forest. For instance, there are very few anti-poaching camps in all of Pakke Tiger Reserve. Yet highways and other infrastructures are being built regularly across India in the name of development.”

A panel discussion conducted by Lt. Gen Arun Kumar Sahni took place, on “Community Autonomy & Governance of Nature Capital”. The panelists were Biswajit Chakrabarty, FICCI, Mehdi Arif Hussain, Tambor Lyngdoh, Khasi Hills REDD+, Sarath Davala, Basic Income Network, Kaushik Deka, India Today, and Kartik Shukul, Sanctuary Asia. The session aimed to address the question of how we can envision a community run ecological civilization and what capacities will need working on to build autonomy. 

While Tambor Lyngdoh walked the audience through the traditions of the Khasi community and the importance and environmental impact of the REDD++ Project for the community, Kartik Shukul spoke about the Forest Rights Act— Although it is a central government act, the state governments often exploit the ambiguities in the act, making it beneficial for some while reducing others to being outcasts.

A quick talk was delivered by Hasina Kharbhih, of Impulse NGO Network. She spoke about “Sustainable Livelihood Initiatives through ‘Empower.’” 
Quoting Hasina Kharbhih:

“We realized economic market access gives women a choice from migrating. Through ‘Empower’, we are giving women livelihood opportunities. We centralize raw material distribution, market access to women, to encourage them to be independent. The women working with us are artists, they work for two to three hours because we do not want to dissociate them from the agro-economic culture either.”

Hakuei Kosato on “Rural Health” said, “India can learn a lot from Japan, when it comes to rural health. There’s universal access to healthcare in Japan. But it is essentially the minimalist Japanese food culture and exercise that should be adopted in India.”

The second day of the Forum 2019 saw an Earth Day Network publication being launched– Pathways to Green India Innovative Ideas to Protect Our Species Vol 3. by Karuna Singh, Earth Day Network. The stories are written in an effort to change misconceptions about certain animal species and encourage their conservation instead. The book is available online. 

An interactive session on “Nature Capital: A New Financial Economy for the Eastern Himalayas” saw Sarath Davala, Basic Income Network, Saleem Khan, British Asian Trust, Anirudh S Singh, Rakesh Shejwal, Yes Bank, and Vijay Yagnamurthy, Tata Trust, India, share their views on what a nature capital based financial system is going to look like. The panel aimed to find a solution to how we can ensure appreciation in the worth of natural assets.

The last panel discussion of the day, on “Conservation Beyond Borders”, was significant in decoding how heritage could function as a connecting link in the Eastern Himalayas. This was a collaborative session, with the support of UNESCO Category 2 Centre on World Natural Heritage Site Management

& Training for Asian & the Pacific region at Wildlife Institute of India. Sonali Ghosh, Niraj Kakati, and Persis Farooqy were the moderators for the session. The panel also comprised of Rita Banerjea of Green Hub and NEN, Shiela Bora of INTACH, and Bibhuti Lahkar of Aranyak and Anjali Tirkey, PAJHRA Foundation. 

Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum was closed with the screening of Rising, a documentary of Samvaad, a pan India Tribal Conclave by Tata Steel, principal partner for this event with the Balipara Foundation. 

The 7th Balipara Foundation Social Recognition Awards was opened by the Tezpuria Thespian, playing a soulful instrumental ode to nature. 

Two short documentaries Nature is Speaking: Shailene Woodley is Forest and Mother Nature were screened in the latter half of the day. 

The 7th Rabindranath Barthakur Memorial Lecture this year hosted Vance G. Martin, an innovator and leader in the non-profit sector and the current President of WILD 11, USA

Angaarag Papon Mahanta, with his music, proved once more how music transcends reality. Balipara Foundation’s first Rural Futures publication, Rural Futures: 21st Century Transformation for the Naturenomics™ Future was also launched at the event. 

The 7th Balipara Foundation Social Recognition Awards applauded the new Earth heroes who put into action innovative solutions for ecological restoration and inspired others. 

7th Social Recognition Balipara Foundation Awards 2019

7th Social Recognition Balipara Foundation Awards 2019

 

The Social Recognition Balipara Foundation Awards was constituted in the year 2013 to acknowledge honour and celebrate works of exceptional personalities and organisation in the Eastern Himalayas towards nature conservation, livelihood and community developments. Every year personalities and organisations are awarded under 10 categories. Nominations are invited every year for these awards and based on the inputs from the eminent jury members the awrdees are announced and felicitated at the awards ceremony following the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum.   

 

Categories:

The Annual Balipara Foundation Award

Naturenomics™ Award

Green legal/Journalist Award

Eastern Himalayan Conservation Award

Green Guru Award

Young Naturalist Award

Food for the future Award

Nature Conservancy Award

Lifetime Service Award

Special Category – Forest Rangers & Guards of the Eastern Himalayas

Download Nomination Form

Rabindra Nath Barthakur Memorial Lecture

Shri Rabindranath Barthakur

Shri Rabindranath Barthakur believed in working with discipline and his belief was reflected in the way he lived his personal and professional life. He was a legend in the eyes of many for his belief in giving back to the society and had dedicated his entire life to nurture nature. He even encouraged his friends and family to appreciate and unwind in the natural habitat.

The Rabindranath Barthakur Memorial lecture carries forward this legacy of conservation and the foundation stone of Balipara Foundation.

 

 

2019

Vance G. Martin

7th Rabindranath Barthakur Memorial Lecture
 

2018

Dr. Kamaljit Singh Bawa

2017

His Excellency Dr. Lobsang Sangay

2016

Shri S. Ramadorai

2015

Prof Gunter Pauli

2014

Shyam Saran

2013

Dr Ashok Khosla

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Date(s) Contribution (in INR) Participate
5 th November (All Sessions & Lunch) ₹4,500.00
5 th & 6 th November (Includes All Sessions & Lunch) ₹5,500.00
5 th & 6 th November (All Sessions, Citations & Gala Dinner) ₹7,500.00
The Hotel Palacio
Opp Farm Gate,
G.S. Road, Khanapara
Guwahati - 781022
Assam, India

 

* Distance from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport - 33 km
* Distance from Guwahati Railway Station - 10.2 km
 
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* We have special rates for rooms in the below mentioned hotels
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The Hotel Palacio
Opp Farm Gate,
G.S. Road, Khanapara
Guwahati - 781022
Assam, India

 

Ginger Guwahati
IHM Campus
VIP Road Borbari
Upper Hengrabari
Guwahati - 781036
Assam, India

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