Parambikulam Tiger Conservation Foundation wins Earth Guardian Award.

21 October 2021.


The Parambikulam Tiger Conservation Foundation (PaTCoF) has won the “Earth Guardian Award” which was instituted by the NatWest Group.


  • PaTCoF is a non-profit organisation under forest department which seeks to facilitate conservation of tiger and biodiversity in the Parambikulam tiger reserve.
  • Eight winners of the award were felicitated by secretary general of “UN Convention on International Trade in the Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora”, Ivonne Higuero in a virtual ceremony on October 20, 2021.

About Earth Guardian Award

  • These awards were instituted by NatWest Group India.
  • They are part of an initiative which recognises the efforts of individuals and institutions that are working to subvert the climate change by conserving & preserving biodiversity in India.

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

  • Parambikulam Tiger Reserve also includes erstwhile Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, which is spread across 391 square kilometres.
  • It is a protected area in Palakkad district of Kerala.
  • It was established in 1973. The sanctuary lies in the Sungam range of hills in between Anaimalai Hills and Nelliampathy Hills.
  • Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a part of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve in 2010.
  • Tiger reserve implements the Participatory Forest Management Scheme (PFMS).

Is it a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

The Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is currently under consideration for selection as World Heritage Site, by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Indigenous Peoples

  • The sanctuary is home to four different tribes of indigenous peoples namely, Malasar, Kadar, Mala Malarsar and Muduvar.
  • These people are settled in six colonies. People of these tribal colonies are working as guides for treks and safaris.
  • They are provided employment through several eco-tourism initiatives.

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