Dimapur, August 9 (MExN): The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force, Nagaland M. Lokeswara Rao (IFS) has been chosen for the first Tigerland India Biodiversity Conservation Award, 2015. Bestowed by the Tigerland India Film Festival (TIFF), the award will be given at a function in Bhopal on August 26.
A press release from Temjenyabang Jamir (IFS), Conservator of Forests, informed that in a communication Abhinandan Shukla, the director of TIFF informed that the work of Nagaland Forest Department under the dynamic leadership of M. Lokeswara Rao, PCCF & HoFF, for conservation of Amur Falcon has been acknowledged and appreciated by national and international media. Shukla further stated that conservation of Amur Falcon by the Department of Forests, Government of Nagaland in co-ordination with the authorities of Pangti village has been a great success-story in the field of wildlife conservation and thus has earned the title “Falcon Capital of the World” for the state of Nagaland.
TIFF regarded the Amur Falcon conservation initiative of the Department of Forests, Government of Nagaland as a wonderful example of how effective conservation can help the local community by contributing to their economy by attracting tourists from all over world, the release said. It also acknowledged that the satellite tagging of Amur Falcon, an intervention that earned laurels by the state department from scientific community both nationally and internationally, has enabled the world to plot the migration route of falcons.
TIFF is an initiative to promote wildlife conservation and awareness through visual media. It aims to promote and dissipate awareness towards wildlife conservation through films, documentaries, short films, photographs, paintings and books on environmental themes. The festival lays special emphasis on involving youth in safeguarding the nature and wildlife heritage.
The festival is an annual event and is being organized by the Society for Tigerland Conservation, registered under Madhya Pradesh Society Registration Act, 1973. Young people, students, and amateur wildlife lovers and enthusiasts from all over the country participate in the festival. The festival will not just spread the message of conservation far and wide, but also carry forward the special place and role of India as the prime tourist destination for wildlife lovers and enthusiasts in the entire world, according to the release.
The Tigerland India Biodiversity Conservation Award, 2015 will be given in the presence of legendary Bollywood actress Waheeda Rehman. This is the latest of a series of award/recognition that the State Government is being bestowed with for their unprecedented conservation efforts during the past two years, the release added.