Tallo Anthony and Wanmei Knoanwak are two of the eighteen youth trained under ONGC CSR training program. Tallo Anthony, 25, tourism graduate from Arunachal Pradesh, has undergone one year training program in Photography, Videography and Editing at Green hub, Tejpur, Assam, which was fully sponsored by ONGC under CSR initiative.The main aim behind this training is to engage, and empower local youth and the community to conserve biodiversity in the North Easter Region innovatively, using the visual medium to renew and deepen the respect and understanding of nature and its resources.
The project also aims to strengthen youth engagement with conservation of natural resources. The overall vision is also to reach out to the community, and connect young individuals, with other individuals, organizations and groups working with conservation to form a web of learning, sharing, action and opportunity.
As a part of the training program, Tallo Anthony filmed a wildlife documentary in Eaglenest wildlife sanctuary. This film was screened at Woodpecker International Film Festival, held at Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi and bagged the prestigious Young Achiever’s Award.
Director (HR), Mr. D.D. Misra felicitated the young film makers with a token of appreciation and lauded the achievement of Mr. Tallo Anthony and efforts made by youngsters, who have undergone a training program and have portrayed NER wildlife and sensitized local communities through their films and documentaries.
Mr. Misra while going through an award winning film articulately spoke about wildlife and its conservation. He said that there is a need to strengthen the efforts towards wildlife conservation. Youth and local communities should be trained to preserve natural flora and fauna of a region. It will be a progressive and sustainable alternative to create livelihood as well. It is essential to generate more projects based on this ideology and create a wider web of action to give local youth and children more direction – opening newer paths that lead to prosperity.
Director (HR) also mentioned more of women should be a part of this wildlife conservation and sensitization program as women hold more credibility and have better reach among communities. They understand nature in a better way and will be able to hold a better dialogue on conservation with masses.