Pakke Tiger Reserve on 22 May 2016 received the 'India Biodiversity Award 2016' in one of its four categories in Mumbai. The reserve is in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme of the Pakke Tiger Reserve was awarded the prize under Conservation of threatened species category.
Besides this, Hong Niitii, Lower Subansiri was awarded under category IV Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC) award.
Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme
• It is a collaboration of Ghora-Aabhe Society, Nature Conservation Foundation and the State Forest Departments.
• Under this programme, urban citizens contribute money to protect hornbill nests around Pakke Tiger Reserve.
• It is a major step towards conservation of four hornbill species that are found in the adjoining areas of the Tiger Reserve.
India Biodiversity Awards
• These awards are joint initiative of Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry, National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and United Nations Development programme (UNDP).
• It recognises the contribution of the stakeholders towards the biodiversity conservation.
• The four categories in which the awards given are Conservation of Threatened Species, Sustainable use of biological resources, Successful models for access and benefit sharing and Biodiversity Management Committees.
• Each category winner receives a cash prize of 1 lakh rupees while the runners up receive 50000 rupees.
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Who: Pakke Tiger Reserve
When: 22 May 2016