JK officials get Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award

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Dachigam National Park is located 22 km from the summer capital Srinagar. It covers an area of 141 sq km. The name of the park literally stands for "ten villages" which could be in memory of the ten villages that were relocated for its formation.
Dachigam National Park is located 22 km from the summer capital Srinagar. It covers an area of 141 sq km. The name of the park literally stands for “ten villages” which could be in memory of the ten villages that were relocated for its formation.

Three officials from J&K’s Department of Wildlife, have been conferred ‘Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award’ 2016 for their commitment to preservation and protection of Kashmir’s Dachigam National Park.

The officials have been identified as champions of the exquisite wildlife of India’s northern most state and “they exemplify the virtues that we wish to see in all wilderness protectors.”

“They have assumed the position of Earth-protectors and are a source of inspiration for millions, their resolve and determination has ended up saving the last of our wilds. They are the men and women who represent the very best of conservation and Earth patriotism. They are our Earth Heroes and for their extraordinary commitment they have been honored with sanctuary wildlife Service Award 2016,” Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia, said.

The officials awarded included Tahir Shawl, Nazir Malik, Jigmet Takpa. Shawl, who is presently Wildlife Warden Central Division, Srinagar, Dachigam National Park, has been chosen as Earth Hero for defending the exquisite wildlife of India’s northern most state of Jammu & Kashmir along with Nazir Malik from Kashmir for defending Dachigam National Park.

“Your resilience is legendry and perhaps the only thing that stands between Dachigam and its destruction,” the citation reads.  Jigmet Takpa, Chief Conservator (Wildlife) Ladakh, has been honored for the Award for working with communities and conservation of wildlife in Ladakh.

Nazir Malik, has been introduced as Dachigam’s savior who recognizes all the birds in the park and is equally well versed with its flora.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis was the chief guest at the awards function. The awards were presented by Lord Nicholas Stern, Advisor to the British Prime Minister, in presence of Suresh Chugh the PCCF/Chief Wildlife Warden J&K.

 

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