First Indian woman to win Future For Nature Award’19
Dr Divya Karnad, who teaches at Asoka University, has bagged the prestigious Global Future For Nature Award 2019 for her work on marine conservation. The Future For Nature Award is a an international award that celebrates tangible achievements in protecting wild animal and plant species. With the feat, she has become the first woman and the second Indian to receive the honour, the only other Indian being Dr Charudutt Mishra.
The award is handed out to three people every year, and besides Karnad, Olivier Nsengimana and Fernanda Abra have also received it. Talking about her achievement and the areas of concern in marine conservation, Karnad told Times Of India, “I did not expect it coming. It is definitely amazing. The present concern is over-fishing and non-sustainable techniques of fishing. So, my approach is broader and not limited to sharks or just the fishermen. I am working on sustainable fisheries and to change the practice of fishing for better.”
“Marine conservation is not only about fishermen but also the consumers, so we are helping the fishermen with sustainable techniques where we are trying to bring the two parties together. It is about building bridges between the fishermen and the consumers where the latter get to know the damage to the marine life first-hand,” Karnad added.
She also said that she can use this award to bring marine issues at hand to the fore. “I can use this attention to bring the marine issues at hand to the fore so that more and more people get to know about it,” she concluded.
Divya Karnad has a PhD in marine fisheries management from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. She is currently working with InSeason Fish, a sustainable seafood initiative based in Tamil Nadu.