Mr. Runeep Sangha, Executive Director, PATA Foundation, Mr. Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, WWF India and Dr. Siddhanta Das, Director General of Forest & Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change felicitated the winners on 19th December, 2019, at the award ceremony. The event was also attended by representatives from Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change of Govt. of India, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Global Tiger Forum and WWF-India staff.
The WWF-PATA Bagh Mitra Awards ceremony was instituted in 1999. It recognizes and honours the numerous stories of persistence, courage and conviction demonstrated by local forest staff, community members and organizations working towards tiger conservation. The winners were presented the awards for their contribution towards tiger conservation in the year 2018.
Individual category Ms. S. Senbagapriya, IFS, Deputy Director, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil NaduMr. A. T. Poovaiah, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Forest Mobile Squad, Mysuru, Karnataka
Institutional category State Tiger Strike Force, Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh Tiger Foundation Society, Madhya Pradesh Western Circle, Haldwani, Uttarakhand
The Prize money along with the plaque was awarded to the winners.Individual winner – 1 LacInstitution winner – 1.25 Lac
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravi Singh, Secretary General & CEO, WWF-India, said, “All through the world, it is India that is known for its wildlife and for its tiger conservation. There is a strong linkage between humans and animals, a special bond… a feeling that reverberates with India.” Dr. Siddhanta Das, Director General of Forest & Special Secretary. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said, “We must link the fate of the tiger to the state of our water and our water catchments. The tiger is an indicator species, and in that sense, is equally indicative of how secure we are, as a country, with our water.” Mandeep Singh Soin, Founder President, Ecotourism Society of India in his address said that the primary goal is to get tourism and conservation to go hand in hand, and to work together.