PERIYAR TIGER RESEVE BAGGED THE UNDP HONOUR. ! Congrats Them
In a unique initiative to recognise outstanding work in biodiversity
conservation at the grass roots level, the Union Government and the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly presented
awards to models of biodiversity governance from across the country.
The awards were presented to the representatives of the winners at a
ceremony held on the sidelines of the ongoing UN convention on
biological diversity here last night.
A press release from the
UNDP quoted Union Environment Minister Jayanti Natarajan, as saying
"Conserving biodiversity and harnessing it on a sustainable basis is
critical for realising development goals. Biodiversity governance in
India needs to enable this on a sustained and equitable basis."
the support of UNDP as a partner, the minister announced that the India
Biodiversity Awards will now be an annual feature, to mark
International Biodiversity Day on May 22 each year.
The winners of
the awards were: Pir Jahania Jungle Suraksha Samiti from Odisha in the
community stewardship category, Shankarpur Village Gram Panchayat from
Maharashtra in the category of decentralised management, Van Utthan
Sansthan from Rajasthan in the category of co-management and Periyar
Tiger Reserve in the protected areas category.
The awards aim to
address the relationship between biodiversity loss, livelihood
challenges of local communities and sustainable development, the UNDP
The India Biodiversity Awards received 150
nominations from across the country based on a call for nominations
earlier this year. A six-member jury for the awards was headed by
eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan.