Good News for Odisha Tourism; Similipal Tiger Reserve wins RBS Earth Guardian Award – Odisha Latest News
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has awarded the RBS Earth Guardian Award to the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) under the RBS Earth Heroes Award for 2013.
The award was presented to the STR for the commendable efforts of its authorities in protecting and conserving the biodiversity of the region, especially in the face of severe challenges and constraints following Maoist attacks that had demoralized the staff, the limited support and the inadequate infrastructure at the sanctuary.
Due to proper management of the STR, its infrastructure has been restored and the number of poaching cases has been drastically reduced. Besides, awareness programmes and coordination between core and buffer staff of the STR have resulted in the prevention of the ‘Akhand Shikar’ to almost zero.
Apart from this, improved facilities have resulted in over 27,000 tourists visiting the Similipal National Park.
Seven individuals/institutions from the field of wildlife and conservation, who have demonstrated exemplary works on the ground, were chosen for the RBS Earth Heroes Award by an independent jury.
The jury, comprising active wildlife enthusiasts, environmentalists and conservationists, reviewed the nominations received from across the country