On December 3rd, Munmuni Payeng, Padma Shree Jadav Payeng, who has been called the “Forest Man of India won the Young Naturalist Award. Environmentalist Rituraj Phukan was honored with a Special Award by Former Punjab Police Chief Julio Rebeiro at the Sanctuary Wildlife Awards ceremony in Mumbai.
The Sanctuary YOUNG NATURALIST AWARD 2022 #MunmuniPayeng. She is currently one year into a #rewilding mission with local community members who have bought into her family’s dream of mothering a forest of one million native trees on sandbars close to the Molaikathoni Forest. pic.twitter.com/EsYRDGsobM
— Sanctuary Asia (@SanctuaryAsia) December 3, 2022
UN Goodwill Ambassador and actress Dia Mirza, Bombay Natural History Society Director Dr. Bivash Pandav, and other dignitaries presented the Sanctuary Wildlife Awards at a ceremony in Mumbai on 2 December. his efforts in the field.
Sharing the first photos and clips from tonight’s Sanctuary Awards Ceremony. Humbled to share the biggest honour of this incredibly life journey. #LeadOnClimate #GrassrootsClimate #sanctuaryasia #sanctuarynaturefoundation #sanctuarywildlifeawards #indigenousclimateaction pic.twitter.com/ii2Sm3jDA9
— Rituraj Phukan (@riturajphukan) December 2, 2022
Climate Reality Leader is a well-known Nagaon environmental writer, adventurer, and conservationist. He has represented the region and the country at a number of international climate change events.
Dr. Vibhu Prakash, a conservationist known for his pioneering work on vultures and who helped establish the Vulture Breeding Centre in Rani, Assam, was awarded lifetime service.
In the year 2000, the Sanctuary Wildlife Awards were established. The strategy at the time was to focus on the work of environmental activists, and some of the most prominent and credible individuals presented themselves with awards to show their appreciation and admiration. Forest guards and middle-level forest officers, as well as quiet but brilliant scientists, teachers, young adults, and photographers, were among the Earth Defenders. They all shared a strong desire to protect the biosphere and leave a better world for future generations.
The Wildlife Service awards were presented to Bangalore-based Ramana Athreya, who is best known for discovering the Bugun Liocichla bird in Arunachal Pradesh; Odisha-based educationist Panchami Manoo Ukil; Tamil Nadu conservationist Arun Venkataraman; and Kashmir naturalist Shabbir Husain.
The Sanctuary Wildlife Awards were presented on December 2 in Mumbai by former Punjab Police Chief Julio Rebeiro, UN Goodwill Ambassador and actress Dia Mirza, Bombay Natural History Society Director Dr. Bivash Pandav, and other dignitaries.
Sanctuary Wildlife and Photography Awards 2022:- This year’s winner was photographer Anirban Dutta, who captured a swarm of termites around a street lamp in Cooch Behar as a Black Drongo bird swoops to pick morsels.
Abhijit Somvanshi took second place for capturing a fight between two Indian jackals and a Hawk Eagle at the Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.