Singchung Bugun Village Community Reserve in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh bagged the first prize for its unique attempt to conserve rare wildlife resources found in the area.
Singchung Bugun Village Community Reserve is an NGO working in partnership with the Arunachal Pradesh forest department in protecting and conserving the 17 sq km Singchung Bugun Village Community Reserve in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary.
The award by National Bio-diversity Authority, an independent bio-diversity organization, honoured the society by awarding a citation, a memento and a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.
Indi Glow and Sange Norbu Phiang, leaders of the organization, received the award on behalf of the organization.
Eaglenest Wild life Sanctuary is about 217 sq km with rich bio-diversity which is considered second to Andes in South America. It is known for the existence of Bugun Liocichla, a bird species found only in this Sanctuary.
Considering the importance of involving the local community in the conservation process, the Arunachal Pradesh forest department joined hands with the Bugun community to partner in a unique conservation model under which their community forest covering 17 sq km area and abutting Eagleness Wildlife Sanctuary is being managed jointly by both the forest department and the local people.