Photos (left to right): All 2012 award winners, Chief Guest of the program Honorable Minister of Forests and Soil Conservation Yadu Bansh Jha addressing the ceremony, Lieutinent Colonel Ram Chandra KC of Nanda Box Battalion receiving Abraham Conservation Award, Nanda Devi Kunwar recipient of Special Conservation Award
Mr. Praveen Pokhrel, Okhaldunga
Received award for his pivotal role in combatting organized wildlife crimes in Nepal through Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB). Under his command CIB was able carry out more than three dozen operations throughout Nepal, arresting hundreds of notorious poachers and criminals.
Mr. Gyan Bahadur Shah, Kailal
Received award for his afforestation and forest management activities, and controlling illegal logging and minimizing poaching.
Mr. Hingwa Tharu, Bardia
Received award for unending dedication towards fighting wildlife crimes and for playing an instrumental role in arresting a renowned rhino horn smuggler as well as 15 other people engaged in the trade of wildlife parts.
Mr. Krishna Mani Baral, Pokhara
Received award for very insightful and analytical reporting.
Nanda Devi Kunwar, Kailali
Received award in recognition of her bravery to fight against forest encroachers where she almost lost her life. However she is still standing strong as an unstoppable force in conservation and is contributing all that she can for conservation. This award is given to her with the special recommendation form the panel of Judges who choose all of the above mentioned awardees.
Nanda Box Battalion
Received award for playing a crucial role in achieving Zero Poaching Year for rhinos in Nepal and being in the forefront in capturing wildlife criminals, arms and wildlife parts for more than a decade time.
Kalika Community Forests and User Groups
Received award for establishing the Old-Age Home for Livestock in 2009 as a unique initiative in vulture conservation in Nepal and for leading an active reforestation program in their community forest which is now home to different species.
Langtang Area Conservation Concern Society
Received award for pioneering in creating awareness about bio-diversity and eco-tourism in Langtang National Park and carrying out a lot of environment friendly activities for the preservation of the Gosainkunda Lake.