KOMIMA: Nuklu Phom, a Nagaland conservationist, has won the most pretigious Whitley Award, known as Green Oscar,for his work to protect rare species Amur falcon by creating a network of community owned forests in Nagaland.
Phom is the only Indian to win this prestigious award in his forties.
The award has been distributed every year by UK based charity Whitley Fund for Nature to Gloabal South individuals.
Nuklu Phom has been working to create a newtwork of villages, called “Biodiversity Peace Corridor” by him, inter district to promote community conservation.
Phom also had set up a community-based conservation model “Yaongyimchen Community Biodiversity Area” in his ancestral village and has been expansing the same since then.
It was mentioned by the Whitley Award that due to the work done by Phom, Amur falcons increased to 1,000,000 in a decade.
Though Phom’s work primarily focuses on conservation of wildlife and environment protection but it also aims to resolve social mconflicts as well.
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio had also took his Twitter to congratulate Phom.
“The award is one of the world’s leading prizes for grassroots conservation. My best wishes for all his future endeavours,” a part of the tweet posted by Rio read.
Besides Phome, six persons from South Africa, Argentina, Brazil and Kenya awarded with the Green Oscars.
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