Sikkim fashion designer Omi Gurung, received the Young Naturalist Award 2016. The award was conferred to him for his contribution towards, sustainable development and creating green eco-friendly fashion. The award was presented at the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics Forum 2016 hosted by the 4th Balipara Foundation.
The award ceremony took place at the Hotel Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati. Gurung was presented with a citation along with the cash prize. The Awards were conceived by Balipara Foundation in association with Sanctuary Asia, one of India’s leading environmental publishers to honour green heroes for the year 2016. Since the inaugural Awards in 2013, it aims to highlight the outstanding achievements of individuals, communities and organization working within the field of conservation. Many other noted organizations like WWF, IUCN, Sanctuary Asia, WTI, ATREE and others participated at the event.