Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA), an NGO in Uttarakhand on 6 June 2013 bagged a French award for its contribution to protection of human rights.
The Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA) is a voluntary organisation based in Nainital. It was honoured with Special Mention of the 2012 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic in appreciation of its work in the field of defence of socio-economic rights and sustainable development of people.
CHEA was involved in strengthening community forestry institution (Van Panchayats) for women’s empowerment and affirmation of economic and social rights of rural communities in the Indian Central Himalayan region.
The award basically consists of a medal and a diploma and it was presented to director of Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA) by the Ambassador of France Frans Richier at a function in Delhi.