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Jagdish Bakan

Source: TH

Jagdish Bakan, the Wildlife Warden and District Forest Officer (DFO) of Ramanathapuram district, has been awarded the 2023 Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management by UNESCO.


He is recognized for his work in managing the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve, known for its diverse marine biodiversity. Mr Bakan’s achievements include interventions in community development, ecotourism, and marine animal rescue efforts, with the profits from ecotourism being used for conservation and community welfare.


About the award:

Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management is a US$12,000 award, given every two years (by UNESCO), in memory of Dr Michel Batisse, for outstanding achievements in the management of the biosphere reserves in line with the recommendations of the Seville Strategy.

The basic principle of ‘The Seville Strategy’: Biosphere reserves should preserve and generate natural and cultural values through management that is scientifically correct, culturally creative and operationally sustainable.


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