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Mud On Boots Project Leaders Felicitated At Balipara Awards

Mud On Boots Project Leaders Felicitated At Balipara Awards

Three Project Leaders of Sanctuary's Mud on Boots Project were recognised for their contribution to conservation at the the 5th Balipara Foundation Awards held in Guwahati, Assam on November 2, 2017.

Photo Courtesy: The Balipara Foundation

The Balipara Foundation works for the conservation of the eastern Himalaya and, since 2013, has annually identified and felicitated individuals working for the protection and restoration of this region.

This year, Project Leader Zakhuma Don, who works as a forest guard in Mizoram's Dampa Tiger Reserve, was honoured with one of three Forest Guards and Rangers Award. This award is presented to select personnel of the Forest Department for exemplary service towards the protection of fauna and flora in the Protected Areas of the eastern Himalaya. Zakhuma was granted the award for his relentless anti-poaching work and for leveraging technology and innovation to create a rich repository of natural history images and videos from Dampa.

Project Leaders Tsuseki and Limthure were also recognised at the ceremony, and were conferred The Nature Conservancy Award for their incredible work with communities who live around the Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary in Nagaland. These two extraordinary men are the founders of the Bhutan Glory Eco Club and are working to transform community sentiments against hunting and harmful ecological practices.

Photo Courtesy: The Balipara Foundation

“Our Project Leaders work at the ground level, often against intimidating odds. Recognising the value of the work done by such grassroots conservationists is crucial to their morale and to the success of conservation efforts in the country. It's Sanctuary's privilege to support the self-directed projects of Zakhuma, Tsuseki and Limthure, all of whom are also alumni of the Green Hub, a community documentation centre in Tezpur, Assam," said Cara Tejpal who leads the Mud on Boots Project for Sanctuary.

     
     
     

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