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Wildlife biologist Aparajita Datt wins Whitley Award “Green Oscars” for her “Hornbill” project

Screenshot_3Ms Aparajita Datta, a wildlife biologist has won Whitley Award for a project to conserve “Hornbill” bird in Arunachal Pradesh State. Aparajita Datta is the Winner of the 2013 Whitley Award donated by WWF-UK.

Green Oscars

  • Whitley Awards – known as ‘Green Oscars’ are organized by ‘Whitley Fund for Nature ‘to recognize the conservators for their outstanding study in the field of conserving the nature, forest and environment.

Objectives of project to conserve Hornbill:

  • Hornbills are ecologically important as seed dispersers.
  • The project’s inclusive approach transforms hunters into passionate guardians of nature.
  • Expand the Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme from 9 to 14 villages and give local people a sense of ownership.
  • Set up a pilot forest restoration project.
  • Establish The Hornbill Nyishi Festival to popularize the role played by local tribes in conserving hornbills across the region.

Other Achievements of Dr. Aparajita Datta

  • Publish various papers on tree species, forest logging,  seed survival of bird and new bird species since 1998.
  • Conserve and improve the status of the bird’s populations and spreading awareness of threat to ecological system.
  • Organize a study and create awareness to conserve hornbills in the Indian Eastern Himalayas at the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), an NGO established in 1996.

Winners of 2013 Whitley Award awarded with a prize share worth £295 000:

  1. Daniel Letoiye: Restore grasslands for the coexistence of Grevy’s Zebra and free-ranging livestock, Kenya
  2. Zafer Kizilkaya: create first community-managed marine protected area in Gökova Bay, Turkey.
  3. Eugene Simonov: save the Amur River basin and wetlands in China, Russia and Mongolia.
  4. Ekwoge Abwe: Protection of the endangered great apes of Ebo Forest. Cameroon
  5. Aparajita Datta: conserve Hornbill bird, Arunachal Pradesh, India
  6. Zahirul Islam : Conserve sea turtle community, Bangladesh
  7. John Kahekwa: Protect  last eastern lowland gorillas, Congo
  8. Cagan Sekercioglu: Conserve Turkey from the environment crises and succeeded in getting Turkey’s first bird nesting island built on the lake.

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Fact Box: Top 15 countries with gigantic Oil Reserves

Following sanctions over Iran on its oil-trade, oil prices have experienced volatility. Many fear that it would lead to high oil prices. However, Saudi Arabia has said that it would raise oil supply to keep the oil prices low but many doubt that the kingdom has as much oil as it claims.

As per a report by UBS, global oil reserves stand at 1.38 trillion barrels and are expected to last another 46.2 years.
Below are the summary of key data from the report which ranked 15 countries with the highest oil reserves along with their oil supply and the years of remaining reserves.

Note: The data in parenthesis represents the percent of global reserves and global supply.

Rank Country Oil Reserves Oil Supply Years of remaining reserves
1. Saudi Arabia 265 billion barrels (19.1%) 11.75 million Barrels daily (13.2%) 72.4 years
2. Venezuela 211 billion barrels (15.3%) 2.47 million Barrels daily (2.8%) 234.1 years
3. Iran 137 billion barrels (9.9%) 4.13 million Barrels (4.7%) 88.4 years
4. Iraq 115 billion barrels (8.3%) 2.7 million Barrels daily (3.1%) 128.1 years
5. Kuwait 102 billion barrels (7.3%) 2.75 million Barrels daily (3.1%) 110.9 years
6. UAE 98 billion barrels (7.1%) 3.23 million Barrels daily (3.6%) 94.1 years
7. Russia Federation 77 billion barrels (5.6%) 10.33 million Barrels daily (11.6%) 20.6 years
8. Libya 46 billion barrels (3.4%) 834,000 barrels (0.9%) 76.7 years
9. Kazakhstan 40 billion barrels (2.9%) 1.61 million Barrels daily (1.8%) 62.1 years
10. Nigeria 37 billion barrels (2.7%) 2.4 million Barrels daily (2.7%) 42.4 years
11. Canada 32 billion barrels (2.3%) 3.92 million Barrels daily (4.4%) 26.3 years
12. USA 31 billion barrels (2.2%) 10.59 million Barrels daily (11.9%) 11.3 years
13. Qatar 26 billion barrels (1.9%) 1.64 million Barrels daily (1.9%) 45.2 years
14. China 15 billion barrels (1.1%) 4.19 million Barrels a day (4.7%) 9.9 years
15. Brazil 14 billion barrels (1%) 2.8 million Barrels a day (3.2%) 18.3 years

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