Mike Pandey to get country's highest wildlife conservation award

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New Delhi, Sep 26 (UNI) Icon of nature film in India and winner of three Green Oscars Mike Pandey has been selected for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Conservation Award.

The Award is the country's highest honour for conservation given to an individual or institution for significant contribution to the cause of protection and conservation of wildlife.

It carries Rs. 1,00,000 in cash, along with a medallion and citation.

The filmmaker who was born in Kenya and trained in the UK and the US finally returned to his roots in India to settle.

The films and TV series on wildlife and environment made by Mike Pandey have won him international acclaim and brought laurels to the country.

His ongoing nature series 'Earth matters' is curently being teleacst on Doordarshan.

Mike is currently working on a project to make a series of films on climate change.

In 1994, he became the first Asian to win the Wildscreen Panda Award, also known as the Green Oscar, for his film The Last Migration - Wild Elephant Capture in Sarguja.

Eight years later, his film Shores of Silence - Whale Sharks in India, won the Green Oscar for the second time in 2002. The film also led to the ban on the killing of whale sharks on Indian shores.

Mike bagged his third Green Oscar in Bristol in 2004.

His entry, ''Vanishing Giants'' was chosen for the top prize in the news category from 400 entries.

A relentless conservationist, Mike's TV series and films have contributed greatly in creating public awareness about the crisis the environment and natural resources and wildlife of the country were facing.

''The earth is our home and is in a crisis, our collective actions alone can make a difference and give it a chance for revival.

The future is in our hands and we have to leave the legacy of the living world for our children,'' says Mike.

The Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Conservation Award has been instituted by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

UNI

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