Recognizing the efforts and services of Eco-Watch towards environmental conservation and creating awareness about protecting our environment and ecology, the Karnataka State Government presented the Rajiv Gandhi Environment Award for the year 2005-2006, constituted by the Dept. of Forest, Environment and Environment.
Documentary and short films have always been one of the key outreach vehicles of Eco-Watch, which has also been used as an educational tool. The film titled ‘Shepherds on the move’ directed by Suresh Heblikar won the United Nations F.A.O. Award – titled OSIRIS. The symbiotic relationship and harmonious existence of man, animal and nature was the focus of this film.
The centre has also been conferred the Best Voluntary Organization in Bangalore for its consistent work towards environmental conservation and awareness, which also showcased the activities and efforts of the centre over the last few years.
Apart from the centre winning awards for its services, the founder chairman Mr. Suresh Heblikar, has also won several awards for his services in the field of environment and for his films through which he been consistently spreading awareness about various social issues, especially about environment and conservation. The Rotary Club of Bangalore (RI District 3190) conferred the Citizen Extraordinaire Award for his outstanding efforts and services towards environmental preservation in the state of Karnataka.
Another prestigious award that was conferred on the Chairman, Mr. Suresh Heblikar, was the Paul Harris Fellowship, for his contribution towards environmental conservation, awareness among a cross section of the society and for his films that have created great impacts and motivated a range of audience in several geographical locations of the state.
This award was conferred for Mr. Heblikar’s outstanding contribution in the field of environmental and ecological sensitization among the younger generation of the state.
This award was presented by the Karnataka State Government towards spreading awareness about environment and leading a green movement in Karnataka.
Bangalore’s Akshay Heblikar will join 17 other conservation leaders in Bellingham, Washington, USA for a month-long fellowship exploring market approaches to environmental issues and conservation programmes.