Guwahati: Assam’s Bibhuti Lahkar, a noted grassland conservationist has been shortlisted for the coveted Whitley Awards 2021. Notably Bibhuti Lahkar and another conservationist from Nagaland Nuklu Phom, are the only two conservationists from India who have been shortlisted for the prestigious award. Every year 6 conservationists are felicitated with Whitley Awards for their groundbreaking work in the respective field.
Bibhuti Lahkar is working at “Aaranyak” a society for biodiversity conservation in Northeast India, as a senior scientist, that is renowned for research work on grassland ecosystems in Assam. Phom on the other hand is a leading conservationist in Nagaland, who is a leading a team of conservationists under ‘Lemsachenlok’ (an organization that has been working for bio-diversity conservation since 2007).
Lahkar acquired his PhD doctorate on the grasslands of Manas National Park with special reference to Pygmy hog. His research work covers the man-elephant conflict in grassland ecosystems of Manas National Park and Kaziranga National Park in Assam.