Weekly Current Affairs

Arunachal tiger reserve bags biodiversity award [Biodiversity, Prelims]

  • Pakke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh has received the ‘India Biodiversity Award 2016’ in one of its four categories.
  • The Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme of the Pakke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng district was awarded the prize under the category, “conservation of threatened species”.
  • A joint initiative of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, National Biodiversity Authority and United Nations Development programme, India Biodiversity Awards recognise the contribution of a range of stakeholders towards the conservation of biodiversity.
  • The Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme has been a major step towards conservation of four hornbill species that are found in the adjoining areas of Pakke Tiger Reserve.
  • The Programme is a collaboration of Ghora-Aabhe Society, Nature Conservation Foundation and the Forest Department.
  • Under this programme, urban citizens contribute money to protect hornbill nests around Pakke Tiger Reserve.