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Kolkata scientist gets global green award (Relevant for GS Prelims)

At a time when East Kolkata Wetlands, a swathe of water bodies spanning over 100 sq. km., is fast shrinking due to illegal filling of fishponds, the scientist who mapped the area and calculated its economic value has received one of the highest international awards in environmental leadership.
The steering committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) informed Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, the first Indian environmental activist to receive the Luc Hoffman award, about the recognition.
Dr. Ghosh, formerly the chief environment officer of the State government, was the key architect to map the wetlands and name it.

About Global Green Award (also known as Global Green Award)
The Luc Hoffmann Award, named in honor of one of the foremost leaders in conservation over the past 50 years, recognizes individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to conserving ecosystems.
Past winners:
•    2012: Germano Woehl Jr.
•    2014: Eduard Zanen

Hans Lukas "Luc" Hoffmann (23 January 1923 – 21 July 2016) was a Swiss ornithologist, conservationist, and philanthropist. He co-founded the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), helped establish the Ramsar Convention for the protection of wetlands and set up the Tour du Valat research centre in the Camargue area of France. In 2012, Luc Hoffmann's MAVA Foundation, along with WWF International, established the Luc Hoffmann Institute. He was the author of more than 60, mostly ornithological, books.



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