WWF Nepal honors conservation champions in the "WWF Nepal Conservation Awards 2020 & 2021"

Posted on
19 May 2021

Kathmandu, Nepal – On the occasion of WWF Nepal’s 28th anniversary, the organization recognized the role and contributions of promising individuals and organizations through the WWF Nepal Conservation Awards 2020 and 2021 through a virtual award ceremony held today.
Three individuals and one organization - Mr. Hemant Raj Kahle, Mr Karma Tarke Gurung, Ms. Sanjeevani Yonzon Shrestha and Amaltari Community Homestay, were presented the WWF Nepal Conservation Awards 2021 for their role in biodiversity conservation. Selected by an independent panel, the awardees received a cash prize of NRs. 50,000 for individuals and NRs. 100,000 for organizations.
Meanwhile, as the event in 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic, the awardees of the 2020 Conservation Awards were also honored in the same event. In 2020, Mr. Mukesh Pokhrel, Mr Rinzin Phunjok Lama and the Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) were honored with the WWF Nepal Conservation Awards 2020 for their impactful work in conservation. Two honorary awards were also granted organizations for their outstanding initiatives - HIMAWANTI Nepal and Pahalmanpur Community Forest Coordination Committee. 
Speaking at the event, Dr. Pem Kandel, Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE) said, “Awards like these are granted to individuals and organizations to encourage them to continue in their endeavors, and by honoring selfless conservationists the agenda of conservation and environment protection is given more strength and direction” As he extended his congratulations to the awardees for both years, Dr Kandel also stressed upon the importance of our relationship with nature, and the need to fix it through such initiatives and awards.
Furthermore, Dr. Ghana S. Gurung, Country Representative, WWF Nepal spoke about the relationship between COVID-19 and the over utilization of natural resources. He further emphasized how the past year has given us tangible proof of what happens when we over exploit our planet, and why conservation is the need of the hour.
WWF Nepal’s Conservation Awards is organized as a special event to recognize, inspire, and encourage people, partners and supporters in their role in helping Nepal achieve conservation impact over the years.
For more information, contact:
Spriha Shrestha
Communications Officer, WWF Nepal
Email: spriha.shrestha@wwfnepal.org

About WWF Nepal Conservation Awards
The Abraham Conservation Awards was first established in 1995 by Ms. Nancy Abraham, an environmentalist who was struck by the dedication and passion for conservation displayed by a national park staff. The Awards, was later reinstituted as WWF Nepal Conservation Awards in 2018, to recognize and honor individuals and organizations at the grassroots level that have made significant contributions to protect Nepal’s rich biodiversity.
About WWF
WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change. WWF has been active in Nepal since the 1960s and remains committed to the vital work being done in the region to save its unique and irreplaceable biodiversity.
Learn more at www.wwfnepal.org