Bibhuti Lahkar from Assam, the grassland specialist from the NGO Aranyak has been nominated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for the Heritage Heroes Award. His passion for conservation and love for Manas National Park has made United Nations to notice his work for the conservation of nature.
Bibhuti Lahkar Speaks
He is currently developing a nursery in the Panbari area of Manas National Park with the help of the local communities. ‘Conservation is my passion and Manas is my love. I have never worked for conservation of Manas to get an award. I am personally attached to Manas, as Manas has given me everything – my PhD, my identity in the conservation world and my life partner. My nomination will help to focus on community conservation practices and wildlife, landscape of Manas in the forthcoming IUCN Congress.’ said Lahkar
International Union For Conservation of Nature
He is the only Asian to have been selected by IUCN, which received over 30 nominations for the Heritage Heroes awards from across its World Heritage networks. The selection panel, led by experts of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), shortlisted three nominations for the Heritage Heroes awards, which will be launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii next month. The programme for the Heritage Heroes awards is on September 3.
Three Heritage Heroes will be awarded at the Congress, including one who will receive a People’s Choice award following an online voting campaign. IUCN says it aims to recognise the outstanding efforts of a few brave people around the four corners of the world who relentlessly put in effort to make a difference in the way the natural World Heritage Sites are conserved, sometimes despite life-threatening situations.
Bibhuti Lahkar has never shied away from from raising awareness about conservation and helping out people with innovative ways to tackle man-animal conflicts which is a massive problem in a region like the Northeast. He was also part of a special edition of Eclectic Conversations, an initiative by Eclectic Northeast, where he addressed the students of the Assam Down Town University regarding man-animal conflict.