| Amur falcon |
Jorhat, Feb. 15: The ministry of environment and forests has nominated the Nagaland forest department for the India Biodiversity Awards for its outstanding contribution towards the conservation of Amur falcons last year.
The awards will be presented on the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22.
Nagaland principal chief conservator of forests M. Lokeswara Rao told The Telegraph today that the forest department had been nominated under the “co-management category” for the India biodiversity awards, which feats working together of government, communities and NGOs for conservation.
The United Nations Environment Programme has also congratulated Nagaland on successfully preventing massacre of Amur falcons.
The efforts of the Nagaland forest department and villagers of Wokha district ensured that not a single falcon was killed last year while on their way to South Africa from Siberia.
Till a few years ago, hundreds of these migratory raptors were reportedly killed in Nagaland when they arrived at Doyang reservoir in Wokha to roost every winter.
Three Amur falcons were also fitted with satellite tracking devices in Nagaland this year. At present, one of them is roosting in Botswana while the other two are in South Africa.
The ministry of environment and forests and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) had announced the first India Bio-diversity Awards in 2012 to encourage conservation efforts.
Two nominations in each of the following four categories are selected for the awards:
Community stewardship: Community-led biodiversity management by autonomous community institutions, including community conserved areas, sacred groves, species-specific conservation efforts by civil society, organisations and communities.
Decentralised governance: Biodiversity management by local self-governments and local-level statutory institutions, including panchayati raj institutions, biodiversity management committees and institutions managing community forests under the Forest Rights Act.
Co-management: Biodiversity management by joint forest management committees, eco-development committees and similar government-supported community institutions.
Protected areas: Effective and innovative management practices by management agencies of protected areas, community reserves and conservation reserves.
Each of the four recipients of the India Biodiversity Awards will receive Rs 1,00,000 and the runners-up will receive Rs 50,000, along with a citation.