Tsuseki and Limthure from Nagaland get Salim Ali Community Award 2019


Tsuseki and Limthure, founders of the Bhutan Glory Eco Club, Nagaland. (File Photo) 

Morung Express News

Dimapur | November 20

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has announced the Sálim Ali Awards for Nature Conservation for 2019 on his birth anniversary. The awards recognize pioneering work in the fields of wildlife research, conservation, and nature education at the global, national, and local levels. 

This year the awards recipients includes Prof Madhav Gadgil, the founder of Centre for Ecological Sciences for Salim Ali National Award for Nature Conservation; conversationalist Alexander Peal will receive the Salim Ali International Award for Nature Conservation and the Salim Ali Community Award for Nature Conservation will go to Tsuseki and Limthure, founders of the Bhutan Glory Eco Club, Nagaland. 

The awards will be presented at the International Conference on Wetlands and Migratory Waterbirds of the Asian Flyways in Lonavla, Maharashtra on November 22. 

Tsuseki and Limthure are the founders of the Bhutan Glory Eco Club in Fakim village under Kiphire district in Nagaland. The duo started the Club to include the youth in conservation with the mission “Shoot, but with camera, not gun”.

This eco club has conducted reforestation drives on community lands, and is now exploring sustainable livelihoods in horticulture and animal husbandry to reduce dependence on traditional shifting cultivation. The duo not only brought a stop to hunting activities in the area, but have also successfully transformed community sentiments towards conservation and steered the youth in their tribe towards sustainable alternatives.

Bhutan Glory Eco Club (Kiphire) was conferred The Nature Conservancy Award “for shifting the mindset of the youth of Nagaland through awareness and education, from a hunting culture to connecting to Nature and preserving our natural heritage.” This was part of the Balipara Foundation Awards, part of the 4th edition of the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics Forum 2017 held in Guwahati. 

Balipara Foundation, Assam in the “Case Study: Bhutan Glory Eco Club (Tsuseki & Limthure), Bhutan” hosted in their official website states that “Along with community mobilization, awareness education and helping the forest department, they are expanding their domain to livelihood generation through horticulture and animal husbandry.  They have played a very important role in all major activities of the forest department like Complete LED Village Program where Fakim Village became the first complete LED village in Nagaland. As local role models and Grassroots Leaders, Tsuseki and Limthure continue to involve more and more youth in conservation through their persistence and commitment.”