Dr Bibhuti Lahkar

Assam Conservationist Bibhuti Lahkar Nominated For Whitley Awards 2021

February 20, 2021

Senior scientist and eminent conservationist from Aaranyak Dr Bibhuti Lahkar has been nominated for the prestigious Whitley Awards, 2021 for his works on Asian Elephants.

Sharing the information in an Instagram post Aarnayak wrote, "We are thrilled to announce that Dr Bibhuti Prasad Lahkar, a senior scientist and eminent conservationist from Aaranyak, has been nominated for the prestigious Whitley Awards, 2021 for his works on Asian Elephants."

"He has been working on elephants for more than a decade and is currently implementing a conservation model by working closely with the local communities to safeguard Asian elephants, their habitat and usher coexistence between elephants and humans," the post added.


It may be mentioned here that Dr Bibhuti Prasad Lahkar won the IUCN World Heritage Hero Award in 2016 for his outstanding contribution to Manas World Heritage Site.

The Whitley Awards are held annually by the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) to recognise and celebrate effective grassroots conservation leaders across the Global South.

The charity's flagship conservation prizes, worth £40,000 in project funding over one year, are won competitively following assessment by an expert academic panel and are now amongst the most high profile of conservation prizes.

Often referred to by others as "Green Oscars", the Awards seek to recognise outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation with a focus on Asia, Africa and Latin America, bringing international attention to the work of deserving individuals committed to precipitating long-lasting conservation benefits on the ground, with the support of local communities.

In addition to the funding aspect of the Whitley Awards, WFN also provides media and speech training to enable winners to effectively communicate their work and inspire further philanthropic support.

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