Salim Ali, RBS Earth Heroes Awards given away

Proud moment:Governor E.S.L. Narsimhan presenting the RBS ‘Green Warrior’ Award to Nandini Velho on Sunday. -Photo: NAGARA GOPAL  

A sustainable biodiversity is very essential for the eradication of poverty, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Conference of Parties (CoP11) Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias said here on Sunday.

Speaking at the presentation function of Salim Ali Awards for Nature Conservation, 2012 and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Earth Heroes Awards, 2012, Mr. Dias said that eradication of poverty and biodiversity were linked to each other. A congenial world for the symbiosis of human beings and all other living beings in the nature would help sustainable poverty alleviation, he felt.

The Salim Ali Awards were given to Pavan Sukhdev, Ravi Sankaran and Khonoma Nature Conservation & Tragopan Sanctuary, Nagaland, while RBS Earth Heroes Awards were presented to M.K. Ranjit Sinh, Wildlife Trust of India and Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust, Ranglal Chaudhary, Rajaram Tripathi, Nimesh Ved and Nandini Velhi.

“By 2020 people should be made aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably,” the CoP-11 official said. The continuous decline of biodiversity underscores the fact that sufficient attention was not being given to production and consumption activities. India should maintain its diverse and traditional food culture so that it could be inspiration to other countries, he added.

Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan said that mining should not be seen just as a money-making activity or else it would play havoc with future generations.