Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Gold Award for ATREE

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore has been awarded the Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED (Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development) Gold Award for the year 2009 for its flagship program on "Promoting the ingenious use of a plant invasive, Lantana camara, to enhance the livelihood of the forest dwelling communities in India". Dr. R. Uma Shaanker and Mr. Ramesh Kannan from University of Agricultural Science and ATREE respectively received this award on August 1, 2009 at the International Environmental Symposium in Noto, Japan.

The Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Award instituted in memory of the former Japanese Prime Minister is given each year to projects that have demonstrated innovative applications to addressing issues related to biodiversity and conservation. In particular emphasis is laid on projects that can be used as models for promoting similar programmes in the Asia-Pacific region. The award was given by the Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Chair of the APFED in presence of the Mr. Masanori Tanimoto, Governor, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan and Mr. Kazuhiko Takemoto, Vice-Minister for Global Environment, Ministry of the Environment, Japan.