KATHMANDU: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has decided to honour 10 persons including two organizations with this year's WWF Conservation Awards 2010 for their special contribution to wildlife conservation, management of natural resources, climate change, pure drinking water, sustainable livelihood and journalism.
Those selected for felicitation are Renu Shah, the chairperson of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve buffer zone committee, Hiru Lal Dangaura, the chairman of the Regional Eco Club Kailali, Chitwan National Park's ranger Rupak Maharjan, researcher Bhakta Bahadur Raskoti, forest officer Kishor Gautam of the Dang District Forest Office, the vulture restaurant management committee, Nawalparasi and vulture restaurant management committee, Ruapandehi.
Similarly, journalist Umid Bagchand associated with the British Broadcasting Service (BBC) Nepali service and journalist Ramesh Prasad Bhusal from Parbat are to be awarded with the WWF Conservation Media Award.
Likewise, vulture conservation officer Ananda Chaudhary from Kathmandu and Yeshi Choden Lama are to be feted with the Matthew Preece and Young Conservation Leader Awards, respectively.
Speaking at a programme organised to announce the name of those selected for the awards here today, WWF Nepal programme director Ghana Shyam Gurung said there are many challenges to save wildlife in Nepal. He said the Fund is committed to increase women's participation in such campaign.