Press Release & INVITATION | Inauguration of 'the green hub' | Special Guest 'Adil Hussain | Tezpur, Assam | 2nd May 2015
the green hub
A youth & community based video documentation centre for documenting Wildlife, the Environment & People Biodiversity in the North East Region of India (NER).
A Project by North East Network (NEN) & Dusty Foot Productions (DFP)
Date: Saturday, 2nd May 2015
3 p.m : Press Interaction with Organisers along with Adil Hussain special guest at the inauguration.
4 p.m : Public Launch (Followed by Tea)
Venue: the green hub, Jonak, Kumargaon, Tezpur, Assam
ADIL HUSSAIN, Actor
will inaugurate the green hub along with
MONISHA BEHL, Executive Director, North East Network
What ‘the green hub’ is setting out to do?
• To engage and empower the youth and community in the conservation of biodiversity. Using innovative medium of film and visual to engage, renew and revive love and respect for natural resources and the protection of the environment.
• Connecting individuals, organizations, networks and groups working and concerned with, the issues of conservation to facilitate exchange, shared learning, knowledge and combined action, as well as support.
• Empowering people to become spokespersons and champions of their environment.
• Creating a rich ‘knowledge centre’.
Beginning in 2015, fellowships will be given to 20 young people who will be trained and their skills developed in filmmaking specifically, with sessions by experts that will include – wildlife biology, anthropology, social development, government policy, environment issues etc. A training manual is being developed for this 1 year programme, which includes both field based knowledge and filmmaking.
• 136 applications received from across 8 states of NE
• 125 were selected for a preliminary round of telephone interviews
• 46 were shortlisted for face-to-face interviews in Tezpur, Assam
• 20 fellows across NER finally selected
The Fellowship jury included:
Akole Tsuhah (Program Director, NEN Nagaland), Bano Haralu (Nagaland Wildlife Conservation Biodiversity Trust), Kamal Medhi (WWF, Arunachal Pradesh), Monisha Behal (Founder Director, NEN), Nandita Hazarika (Founder Director, Eco Systems), Rita Banerji (Project Director, Green Hub & Environment filmmaker), Sanjay Sondhi (Titli Trust, Conservationist), Shibani Chaudhury (Ex-Executive Director SRUTI, Development Consultant, Filmmaker & Writer)
The internships will be in organizations working on environment and people biodiversity, to video document their projects. The footage will be organized into short capsules at the Green hub.
The resource material collected will have multi output possibilities – educational and research based knowledge products. The hub will simultaneously serve as an outreach station for conservation action through activities designed around the projects. the green hub digital archive will have a strong online component for learning, research, education and training for various stake-holders; and with the future possibility of connecting it at a national or even global level to archives, universities, learning centers and traditional knowledge resources.
The NER is not only one of the most bio-diverse regions in India, but is a Global Biodiversity Hotspot. It is the home to hundreds of indigenous communities with rich cultural heritage, spread across 8 states. It is also one of the prime habitats for a large range of flora and fauna. Everyday new species are being discovered and others that are disappearing.
the green hub is envisioned as a place that over the years, becomes a dynamic and interactive space, both physical and virtual, that expands the whole idea of conservation action through Hubs in different parts of the country.
The space that houses the green hub in Tezpur, Assam is of special historical significance as it belongs to the family of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, who is considered the father of Assamese Cinema.
North East Network www.northeastnetwork.org
Dusty Foot Productions www.dustyfootindia.com
NEN and DFP partnership began in 2008 with a community based conservation education programme in Chizami village, Phek District, Nagaland. The collaboration started with ‘Under the Canopy’ – a wildlife education programme, which was an outreach extension of the film ‘The Wild Meat Trail’ by DFP. Now with NEN’s initiative, the program has spread to three villages in Nagaland in collaboration with Nagaland Wildlife Biodiversity Conservation Trust (NWBCT) and Conservation India (CI), including in Wokha, where the ‘Save the Amur Falcon Campaign’ was initiated, and Fakim, one of the most remote and impacted areas of the state.
PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
Supported by: United Nations Development Programme, UNDP
CSR partner: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, ONGC
Internship Partners :
Wildlife Institute of India I | Eco Systems | WWF | Aranayak I Community Eco Tourism Group ( Garo Hills, Meghalaya) | Foundation for Social Transformation (FST) | Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) |Nityata Foundation | Caring Friends (CF)
Civil Society in Tezpur | Local Youth Volunteers | Rotary Club Tezpur |Schools in Tezpur
For Press Queries & to register for the Press Event:
E: firstname.lastname@example.org | M: +91 9582732689
For General Queries & to contact ‘the green hub’:
E: email@example.com | T: +91 37 12252688 | +91 9871014089
Green Hub, a collaborative initiative of North East Network (NEN), Guwahati and Dusty Foot Production (DFP), New Delhi, is the first youth and community based video documentation centre for recording the environment, wildlife and people’s biodiversity in the North East region (NER) of India. Green Hub aims to train the local youth in video and photography documentation in the area of environment and wildlife in the region. The vision of Green Hub is to create an alternative livelihood and interest for the youth of the area by linking them to projects related to environment after their training, as well as to create a resource hub and an archive of the biodiversity in the northeast.
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