Award for Nagaland forest official

Nagaland principal chief conservator of forests M. Lokeswara Rao has been selected for the first Tigerland India Bio-diversity Conservation Award, 2015.

By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT in Jorhat
  • Published 10.08.15
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Jorhat, Aug. 9: Nagaland principal chief conservator of forests M. Lokeswara Rao has been selected for the first Tigerland India Bio-diversity Conservation Award, 2015.

The award will be presented to the top forest official of Nagaland in Bhopal on August 26 in the presence of actress Waheeda Rehman.

Rao has been selected for the award for Nagaland forest department's contribution towards conservation of migratory Amur falcons, which arrive at Nagaland's Wokha district during winter.

"Conservation of Amur falcons by the department of forests, government of Nagaland, in coordination with the authorities of Pangti village, has been a great success in the field of wildlife conservation and thus has earned the title Falcon Capital of the World for Nagaland," Abhinandan Sukla, director of Tigerland India film Festival, which has initiated the conservation award, said in a release today.

Sukla, in the release, added that the Tigerland India Film Festival (TIFF) had considered the Amur falcon conservation initiative of the Nagaland forest department as a wonderful example of how effective conservation could help the local community and contribute to its economy by attracting tourists from across the world.

"TIFF acknowledges the satellite tagging of Amur falcons, an intervention for which the state earned laurels both nationally and internationally from scientific communities. The initiative has enabled the world to plot the falcons' migration route."

TIFF is an initiative to promote wildlife conservation and awareness through visual media. The festival aims to spread awareness about wildlife conservation through films, documentaries, short films, photographs, paintings and books. It lays special emphasis on involving youth in safeguarding nature and wildlife heritage.

The festival is organised annually by the Society for Tigerland Conservation, registered under Madhya Pradesh Society Registration Act, 1973. Youngsters, students and wildlife enthusiasts from across the country participate in the festival.