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India Biodiversity Awards

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India is one of the mega-diverse countries in the world and home to nearly eight percent of the world’s total recorded species of plants and animals. Across the country, people, communities and governments have played an outstanding and innovative role in conserving India’s rich heritage.

Government of India, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in association with UNDP India, therefore, started the India Biodiversity Awards in 2012, to recognise excellence in biodiversity governance across the country.

The first round of Awards was launched in 2012 during India’s Presidency of the Eleventh Meeting of Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The award selection process is conducted in partnership with the National Biodiversity Authority of India.

Categories of awards

  1. Conservation
    • Conservation of wild species - There will be two awards in this category – one each for the enterprise of individuals and institutions working for the conservation, management and restoration of wild species and their habitats. Individuals and Institutions - working for the conservation of wild floral and faunal species, for the last 5 years shall be eligible to apply for this Award.
    • Conservation of domesticated species - There will be two awards in this category – one each for the enterprise of individuals and institutions working for the conservation, management and restoration of domesticated species and their habitats. Individuals and Institutions - working for the conservation of domesticated floral and faunal species, for the last 5 years shall be eligible to apply for this Award.
  2. Sustainable use of biological resources - There will be two awards in this category – one each for the enterprise of individuals and institutions intended to recognize their endeavours for sustainable use of biological resources and efficient natural resource management. Individuals and Institutions working for the sustainable use of biological resources for last 5 years shall be eligible for this award.
  3. Replicable mechanisms for access and benefit sharing - There will be one award in this category aimed at honouring individuals/ institutions whose projects augmented noteworthy monetary and non-monetary equitable sharing of benefits by communities and stakeholders concerned out of utilisation of biological resources. Individuals and Institutions - working on mechanisms/ models developed for successful implementation of Access and Benefit Sharing shall be eligible to apply for this award.
  4. Best Biodiversity management committee - There will be one award in this category aimed at appreciating Biodiversity Management Committees for the exemplary work in documentation of biological resources and associated traditional knowledge; generating awareness; establishing best practices in biodiversity conservation, sustainable use, social and gender equity and empowerment and equitable sharing of benefits. The biological resources could be natural and/or those that include local traditional cultivars and animal breeds. Biodiversity Management Committees discharging the roles and responsibilities as envisaged under the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, and Rules, 2004, shall be nominated through the respective State Biodiversity Boards for this award.

Screening and selection process

An application template, available online, will have to be filled by applicants/facilitators, entailing relevant information. These applications will be scrutinized by the Jury and 12 best applications under each of the four categories will be long-listed on the basis of the evaluation criteria and the supporting documents (if any).

Validation and Selection Process

The long-listed applications (12 from each category) will then be sent a detailed template with specific questions, for a precise assessment of the respective conservation models. In each category, the top three applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of scores received after field validation. Finally, the Jury will select the winner in each category for the best conservation model. The eight finalists will be awarded a cash prize, a memento, and a citation each.

Source : National Biodiversity Board


India Biodiversity Awards 2018


Sub category


Special mention

Conservation of Wild Species


Singchung Bugun  Village Community Reserve Management Committee,
West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh

Umru BMC,
Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya

Lemsachenlok Organization
(Y.NukuluPhom), Longleng,

TREE Foundation,
Chennai, Tamilnadu

Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd,
Mumbai, Maharashtra

Coromandel International Limited,
Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh

Kibber Village Community,
Spiti, District Lahaul & Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Conservation of Domesticated Species


Kutch Unth Uchherak Maldhari Sangthan (KUMMS),
Bhuj-Kutch, Gujarat

Sahaja Samrudha,
Bengaluru, Karnataka


Mr. Kalden Singhi Bhutia,
North Sikkim, Sikkim

Mr. Shaji N M,
Wayanad, Kerala

Sustainable Use of Biological Resources


Sangham Women Farmers Group,
Medak, Telangana

GoI-UNDP-GEF Sindhudurg Project, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Tizu Valley Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Network,
Zunheboto, Nagaland


Ms. Parvathi Nagarajan, Villupuram, Tamilnadu

Replicable mechanisms for Access and Benefit Sharing

Raipassa BMC,
Dhalai, Tripura

Best Biodiversity Management Committee

Pithorabad BMC,
Satna, Madhya Pradesh

Coringa BMC,
East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

Eraviperoor BMC,
Pathanamthitta, Kerala

Modi BMC,
Asifabad, Telangana

Meenangadi BMC,
Wayanad, Kerala

Sikaribari BMC,
Dhalai, Tripura

India Biodiversity Awards 2016

  1. Category: Conservation of Threatened Species
    • Winner - Ms Purnima Devi Barman and the Hargilla Army - The Greater Adjutant bird, is found only in two areas in India and Cambodia. Purnima Devi Barman and the women’s Hargilla army protect this endangered species increasing nests three-fold in six years.
    • Winner - Nature Conservation Foundation and the Ghora-Abhe Society - The group introduced the Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme in Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh, which has managed to protect 62 active hornbill nests and help 60 hornbill pairs breed successfully.
    • Runner up - Dr. Sossama Iype - Professor at the Kerala Agricultural University, saved the Vechur cattle from the brink of extinction through an ex-situ breeding programme and distribution to farmers allowing for its in-situ conservation
  2. Category: Sustainable Use of Biological Resources
    • Winner - Mawkyrnot Self Help Group: The Living Root Bridges - The 52-feet long living roots bridges in Mawkyrnot, are a marvel of bio-engineering, are resilient and enhance ecosystem services
    • Runner up - Participatory Learning Action Network and Training (PLANT) - An ecological intervention to conserve the coastal ecosystem in Tamil Nadu, PLANT is creating artificial reefs to counter the effects of prolonged mechanized trawling operation improving quality and quantity of fish
  3. Category: Successful Mechanisms/ Models for Access and Benefit Sharing
    • Winner - Gram Mooligai Co. Ltd., Madhya Pradesh - involves local communities in developing medicinal plant products and markets, aimed at sustainable use and equity
    • Runner-up - Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research - Developing eco-friendly and non-toxic bio-pesticides that only attacks its target insect, pest or disease without harming any other biological specie. These bio-pesticides are also available at an affordable price
  4. Category: Biodiversity Management Committees
    • Winner - Dudhai Biodiversity Management Committee - The Dudhai Biodiversity Management Committee in Uttarakhand has banned illegal sand mining and revived river ecosystems
    • Runner up - Biodiversity Management Committee Niitii Hong - Conserving and reviving the ecosystem of Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh by combating rampant felling of trees, checking over consumption of forest produce by tribes and villagers, reducing soil erosion and water contamination due to dumping of waste by local communities

India Biodiversity Awards 2014

Winners are

  • Van Suraksha Samiti Baripada, Maharashtra (Winner; Community Stewardship)
  • Gram Sabha Payvihir, Maharashtra (Winner, Decentralized Governance)
  • Joint Forest Management Committee, Old Jalukie Village, Nagaland (Winner, Co-management)
  • Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh (Winner; Protected Area)

Runners up are:

  • Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust, Odisha (community stewardship)
  • Whale Shark conservation efforts at Junagadh, Gujarat (co-management)
  • Satpura Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh (Protected area)

India Biodiversity Awards 2012

The winners are

  • Pir Jahania Jungle Suraksha Samiti from Odisha in the community stewardship category;
  • Shankarpur Village Gram Panchayat from Maharashtra in the category of decentralized management;
  • Van Utthan Sansthan from Rajasthan in the category of co-management;
  • Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Protected areas category.

Source : UNDP

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