Syed Yahya Shah gets "Living Planet Award" for contributions towards conservation of nature

Renowned development activist, Syed Yahya Shah (Nagar Valley) receiving the award

LAHORE – A ceremony was on Wednesday held to give away ‘Syed Asad Ali Conservation Award’ and ‘Living Planet Award’ to the individuals who have made exceptional contribution to nature conservation in Pakistan, at the Ali Auditorium of Ali Institute of Education. This year, Syed Yahya Shah hailing from Gilgit-Baltistan won the conservation award for working tirelessly to promote sustainable utilisation of natural resources in his area of influence with great success.

However, one of the recipients of ‘Living Planet Award’ was Ali Ijaz, an NCA graduate whose SGP-funded documentary ‘Missing Vultures’ has created waves the world over and has moved people to pay attention to the plight of this important species. Other recipients are Dr Khalil and Ms Nilofar from Department of Biological Sciences, Karakoram International University for their project titled ‘Capacity Enhancement in Nature Conservation of Academic Institutions on Snow Leopard Distribution in Gilgit-Baltistan and the Proper Ishkoman Development Organisation for the project undertaken for biodiversity conservation model project in Ishkoman valley and its replication in adjacent valleys of district Ghizer.

The ‘Living Planet Award’ is a symbol of recognition which is especially presented to those who have made outstanding contribution to the field of nature conservation. The title is awarded to those who excel in their WWF – Pakistan Small Grants Programme projects which have proved to be the forerunners of addressing particular environmental themes, hence protecting our natural capital.

These prestigious awards were given away by Sectoral Committee for Environment Convener and Nawaz League MPA Dr Saeed Elahi and revered philanthropist and industrialist Syed Babar Ali gave away these prestigious awards. The event was organised by WWF – Pakistan as part of the organisation’s commitment to rewarding excellence and innovation in conservation, environmental protection and sustainable development. A good number of people from all walks of life attended the ceremony. The NATION

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  1. Its indeed a good news to know Shah sahib has been rewarded for his outstanding acheivement in conservation of nature. I do remember- Shah sahib promoting community based approach in conservation in Bar vally during 80’s. That was a time when most people in GB had no or limited idea of conservation, surely KVO with an other initative in GB. Despite resistence from local communities he was persistent in putting his efforts during village organization meetings to foster institution mechnisms for conservation and linking it with improving well being of local people.
    congratulations to Shah sahib the local communities and all of us in GB.

    Best wishes Shah sahib

  2. Shah Sahib! I extend my heartiest congratulation to you and your family on receiving award for contribution towards conservation of nature. Really you deseve such awards not only in conservation,but you have contributed a lot in shifting the paradigm of nagar region in sensitizing in education, culture and community mobilization.

    With Best wishes

    Ali Mehr

  3. it is one of good initiatives of WWF Pakistan to honor those who worked tirelessly for promoting conservation in environment.

    Shah Sahib is among founding fathers in GB to promote sustainable resource pattern in our mountainous environment.He was no doubt most deserving person for this very award.

    congratulations to Shah Sahib and thanks WWF-P for honoring him

  4. Shah Sahib is a true change-agent and social worker of our area. We can learn manythings from his active life. Congratulations to Shah Sahib.

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