Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007
This description of Bibhab Kumar Talukdar's work was prepared when Bibhab Kumar Talukdar was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
Dr. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar is leading a new, integrated conservation movement to address topics like ecosystem goods and services, climate change, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity. His organization, Aaranyak, promotes alliances between diverse groups from local villages to civil society to government so that each player can help shape environmental policy and begin seeing conservation within larger economic, political, social, and cultural spheres. Aaranyak focuses on biological “hot-spot” areas, regardless of political boundaries, and provides relevant data and research on the threats to unique ecosystems and endangered species, the correlation between man-made destruction and subsequent flash floods or shrinking green cover, and even the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies to enhance conviction against crime on wildlife and forests.
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