Heritage Hero Award : Environment for UPSC Exams

Heritage Hero Award : Environment for UPSC Exams

  • Assam-based ecologist and conservation activist Bibhuti Lahkar has become the first Asian to be awarded the prestigious Heritage Heroes Award by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

  • He received the award at the IUCN’s 25th World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • The award recognises the “outstanding efforts” around the world in making a difference in the conservation of World Heritage sites in challenging situations.

  • He has been working to save the grasslands, flora and fauna of Manas National Park area for the past two decades.

  • He was also instrumental in connecting Manas Wildlife Sanctuary with the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan, which led to a system of trans-boundary wildlife monitoring and now supports management in the entire Manas natural area that spreads across India and Bhutan.

  • He also conducted the first GIS survey of the park and his research findings and recommendations are a critical component in the Manas Tiger Conservation Plan.

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