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Indian NGO Shashwat nominated for UNDP award April 06,2012   |  Source: TNN

Shashwat an NGO based in Ambegaon in Pune district in the Indian State of Maharashtra, has been chosen for the 'Equator Prize 2012,' of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), for its work on local development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

The NGO will receive the US$ 5,000 award to be presented in the 2012 United Nations conference on sustainable development in Brazil, to be held on June 20 to 22. The Equator Prize is awarded to recognise outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through conservation of biodiversity.

Kusum Karnik and Anand Kapoor from Shashwat have been working with tribals in the catchment area of the Dimbhe dam, which submerged eleven villages and destroyed cropland in another 13 since 1981. The NGO was registered in 1996.

Kapoor told TOI that the organisation helps the local community to develop small-scale fishing activities in the dam reservoir and the locals are supported to obtain fishing leases, boats and nets. "The locals have banned dynamite fishing to ensure fish stocks are replenished. Dynamite fishing is a practice of using explosives to kill fish for easy collection. The banning of this practice has helped increase the fish size and number, thereby enhancing their income too," he said.



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