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.

Kempegowda Award Government of Karnataka:

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.

The Programme:

Chicago, Illinois, April 4, 2007: Kinship Conservation Fellows has announced the selection of their sixth cohort of Fellows. Of the 18 Fellows, 11 come from the United States, while the others hail from Australia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hungary, India, Madagascar, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. All will gather at Western Washington University’s Bellingham Campus from June 21st through July 21st, 2007 for an intensive and unique opportunity to develop leadership skills, interact on a one-on-one basis with an elite faculty, develop a project of importance to their work and enjoy the fellowship of a dynamic learning community.

About Akshay Heblikar’s:

Akshay Heblikar will journey to the Pacific Northwest of the United States from Bangalore, where he works for Eco-Watch in the capacity of Project Co-ordinator and is involved in various conservation activities and environmental education programmes over the last seven years with the centre. He has played a key role in implementing Urban Forestry projects, establishing Biodiversity parks in and around Bangalore, setting up Tropical Gene-Bank of important species in Belgaum district, water resource conservation and management projects through rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge, developing resource and information material for a wide range of target groups in different geographical regions of the state.

As part of his fellowship, Heblikar will work on a project addressing the biological restoration of coastal Uttara Kannada in the state of Karnataka, India. The key objective of this project is to safeguard the environment and ecology, not only for posterity, but to enrich and sustain lives and livelihoods and set an example of a replicable indigenous ecosystem conservation model.


In 2006, Kinship Conservation Fellows became the new name for the groundbreaking program that launched in 2001 as the Kinship Conservation Institute. Kinship’s mission is to develop a community of leaders dedicated to applying market-based principles to environmental issues. Typically, Kinship Fellows are conservation leaders with at least five years work experience, a deep commitment to conservation values and an interest in learning about market approaches to environmental issues. All Fellows have had some exposure to business and economic principles and work in an environment where these principles can be integrated with conservation work after their fellowship is over.

During their month at Kinship, Fellows have direct access to leaders responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of conservation programs worldwide. The program’s integration of seminars, working groups and independent research periods, along with an active fieldwork component that combines market tools, collaborative planning and community driven programs, provides Fellows with the opportunity to respond to complex conservation issues within a real-world context.

Highlights of the Kinship Fellows Program include:

  • Renowned faculty
  • Focus on market-based approaches towards conservation
  • Development of leadership, business and economic skills
  • Hands-on project development
  • Fellows Network

For more information about Kinship Conservation Fellows contact Renee Michaels at (847) 714-1702, or visit