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Conservation awards

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
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The awardees pose for a photograph with Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha and Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Mahesh Acharya. Pics: Gopen Rai

The awardees pose for a photograph with Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha and Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Mahesh Acharya. Pics: Gopen Rai

The ninth annual National Conservation Day was celebrated in Kathmandu on Thursday with the theme of ‘Building a better Nepal, greener and together’.

Nepal started marking the Day to commemorate its conservation heroes who passed away in a tragic helicopter crash in Ghunsa, Kanchenjunga in September, 2006.

Speaking at a program organised to mark the Day, Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha emphasised the need of judicial activism for conservation. “The law cannot be anti- development and vice versa,” said Shrestha. “If we rebuild Nepal in the same way, it will not be sustainable.”

On this occasion, five conservation publications were launched and various individuals and organisations working in the field of conservation were felicitated. wwf awards 3

Bird Conservation Nepal provided Jatayu Scholarship to two Master’s students,  Pushpa Bhandari and Bijeta Thapa to pursue research on vulture conservation. WWF also awarded four students, sering Lhamu Lama, Ashmita Kushma, Pramila Thapa and Prasun Ghimire, Bibek Shrestha and Amrita Rauniyar with WWF memorial scholarships to pursue their higher studies in Forestry.

Ram Prasad Chaudhary, a prominent academician, researcher and conservationist won this year’s National Conservation Award. The award established in 2014 by the government is given to an individual or organization that has made exceptional contribution to conservation, including research and technology development, for the socio-economic development of Nepal.

Chaudhary has been active in teaching, research, conservation and policy making for the past 37 years.

Likewise seven awardees – three organisations and seven individuals – were handed over the WWF Conservation awards 2015 under three different categories.

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The Narayan Dal Battalion of Nepal Army received the Abraham Conservation Award under organisation category along with Community Forest Coordination Committee (CFCC), Kanchanpur. Narayan Dal was awarded for its significant achievements in conserving Langtang’s rich biodiversity and curbing wildlife crime since its deputation in Langtang National Park and Buffer Zone. The CFCC has been actively leading the conservation of community forest in Laljhadi-Mohana Corridor in Tarai.

The Abraham Conservation Award Individual went to Rajesh Shrestha and Sub-Inspector Birendra Singh Johari of Nepal Police. Shrestha is a conservationist working on the frontlines of community-led conservation and has been involved in conserving community forests and wildlife since 1997. Johari has made significant contribution in curbing wildlife crimes leading 12 anti-poaching operations and contribution in several others.

Chiranjeevi Khanal receives the Matthew Preece and Yeshi Choden Lama Young Conservation Leader Award.

Chiranjeevi Khanal receives the Matthew Preece and Yeshi Choden Lama Young Conservation Leader Award.

Chiranjeevi Khanal, a young conservationist and a driving force for conservation programs in Dang won the Matthew Preece and Yeshi Choden Lama Conservation Leader Award. Apart from rescuing several different species of snakes, Khanal was the first person to use camera traps to study Sarus Crane, striped Hyena and Asian Paradise Flycatcher in the district.

Nepali Times' team receiving the WWF Media in Conservation Award at the program to mark the ninth National Conservation Day on Thursday.

Nepali Times’ team receiving the WWF Media in Conservation Award at the program to mark the ninth National Conservation Day on Thursday.

Shiva Sharma, a journalist with Kantipur Publications won the WWF Media in Conservation Award in the individual category while Nepali Times won the award in the organisation category.

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