24 May 2021.
Recently, India Biodiversity Awards 2021 were presented on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22.
Who are the winners?
- Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS) won the award under the category ‘Sustainable Use of Biological Resources.’
- Shaji N.M., who is also called as ‘Tuber Man’ of Kerala has won in individual category of ‘Conservation of domesticated species.
- Khonoma Nature Conservation & Tragopan Sanctuary (KNCTS) in Nagaland won the award under ‘Sustainable Use of Biological Resources’ category.
What are India Biodiversity Awards?
- The India Biodiversity Awards initiative was started jointly by ministry of environment, forest & climate change; National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2012.
- It recognizes and honour outstanding models from grassroot level for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of biological resources and governance.
Why KRAPAVIS Won?
KRAPAVIS won the prestigious award for its support to communities in restoring water harvesting structures, recharge wells & water tables. It also helped to plant million trees of local varieties in Orans.
Contribution of Shaji
Mr. Shaji was conferred the award as he conserves about 200 tuber crops such as greater yam, elephant foot yam, lesser yam, arrowroot, sweet potato, Chinese potato and colocasia, in his farm. He has received State awards seven times for his contribution.
Why was KNCTS honoured?
KNCTS was established on December 11, 1998. Sanctuary was awarded as it helps in maintaining biodiversity in Khonoma area which is inhabited by several endemic plants and animals.