Indian ecologist and conservation activist Bibhuti Lahkar on 4 September 2016 became the first Asian to be awarded the prestigious Heritage Heroes Award by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Lahkar received the award at the IUCN's World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Indian ecologist was among five conservationists across the globe to be nominated for 2016 Heritage Heroes Award.
The Heritage Heroes Award is aimed at recognising outstanding efforts around the globe in making a difference in the conservation of World Heritage sites in challenging situations.
Who is Bibhuti Lahkar?
• Bibhuti Lahkar has researched grassland ecosystems in the Indian state of Assam.
• He did his PhD on the grasslands of Manas National Park with special reference to Pygmy hog.
• His research work has covered diverse areas of grassland ecosystems of Manas National Park and Kaziranga National Park in Assam.
• He was the recipient of the prestigious grants from Rufford's Foundation for his work on community conservation in Manas World Heritage site and conservation of Hoolock Gibbon at Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary.
• He also conducted the first GIS survey of the Royal Manas National Park.
• His research findings and recommendations are a critical component in the Manas Tiger Conservation Plan.
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