Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh wins 2016 India Biodiversity Award

Pakke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh has won the ‘India Biodiversity Award 2016’.

The tiger reserve was selected in the conservation of threatened species category for its Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme.

Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme

  • The Programme is a joint collaboration of Ghora-Aabhe Society, Nature Conservation Foundation and the State Forest Department.
  • Under it, urban citizens contribute money to protect hornbill nests around Pakke Tiger Reserve.
  • The programme has been a major step towards conservation of four hornbill species that are found in the adjoining areas of the reserve.

Besides, Hong Niitii, Lower Subansiri has been awarded under category IV Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC) award.

About India Biodiversity Award

  • The awards recognise the contribution of a range of stakeholders towards the conservation of biodiversity.
  • It is given in four categories viz. Conservation of Threatened Species, Sustainable use of biological resources, Successful models for access and benefit sharing and Biodiversity Management Committees.
  • It is joint initiative of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and United Nations Development programme (UNDP).
  • The winner in each category will receive a cash prize of 1 lakh rupees while the runners up receive 50,000 rupees.

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