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Maha govt to receive award for wildlife conservation

The Maharashtra government will receive the ‘Wind Under The Wing’ award at the 12th Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2011 ceremony on Friday.

mumbai Updated: Dec 02, 2011 02:19 IST

The Maharashtra government will receive the ‘Wind Under The Wing’ award at the 12th Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2011 ceremony on Friday.

The state forest secretary, Praveen Pradeshi, will receive the award for reviving wildlife conservation in the state. Pardeshi was instrumental in creating vital new habitats for tigers in the Melghat Tiger Reserve and 1,200 vacancies of forest guards and range officers were filled during his tenure.

The Sanctuary awards are given to wildlife conservationists nominated by supporters of Sanctuary Asia, a magazine dedicated to wildlife conservation. “For us the tiger, elephant, rhino and lion are metaphors of an ecologically-secure planet and we wish to safeguard this natural heritage,” said Bittu Sahgal, editor, Sanctuary Asia.

Other winners include George Schaller, an American, who will receive the Lifetime Service Award for his research on the Indian tiger in the Kanha National Park. HTC