Anshu Pragyan Das, Divisional Forest Officer of Mahanadi Wildlife Division in Satkosia Tiger Reserve of Odisha, was awarded the ‘Green Warrior’ Award at the virtual ceremony of NatWest Group Earth Heroes Awards 2020 on Thursday.
Deputy Conservator of Forests (Ecotourism) on winning NatWest Group Earth Heroes Award for her stellar work in the field and wildlife conservation during her stint as Divisional Forest Officer. (DFO), Mahanadi Wildlife Division.
She mobilized the local community to create Odisha’s first Eco-village named Muduligadia, which is self-sustaining and without any dependence on forest. The Ecotourism project called ‘Satkosia Sands Resort and Nature Camp’ run by 34 community members has generated revenue of Rs 3 crores in the past 4 years thereby enlisting the support of the local community towards the tiger habitat at Satkosia.
She is an accomplished birder, photographer and writer and has deployed these skills to create an interest in the states’ wildlife and biodiversity. Her publications ‘Avifauna of Satkosia’, ‘Satkosia Seen and Unseen’ and ‘Birds of Satkosia Landscape’ have garnered much attention from the government and birders alike.
NatWest Group India, (formerly RBS India) the global capability centre of the Natwest Group, announced the winners of the 10th edition of the NatWest Group Earth Heroes Awards today. These are individuals and institutions who have done significant work in conservation of wildlife and habitats and welfare of communities therein thereby making an impact in “Conservation of Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”, the theme for the 2020 awards. src OmmComNews