The coveted CMS VATAVARAN Prithvi Ratna Award has been instituted in 2003 by CMS VATAVARAN in partnership with UNEP, and given to a filmmaker for exemplary work in the field of environment throughout his/ her career and being able to effect changes in perceptions and policies via their work.
This award is conferred upon a filmmaker for exemplary work and being able to effect changes in perceptions and policies via their work, in the field of environment throughout his/ her career.
CMS Prithvi Bhushan award is bestowed to recognize the efforts of leadership in environment conservation and transformational achievements, on ground. It endeavours to recognize efforts and achievements that have benefitted the environment and promoted human welfare.
Previously the award was bestowed upon Shri Anupam Mishra, an Indian Gandhian, author, journalist, environmentalist, and water conservationist. In 2017, this award went to Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt, eminent environmentalist and renowned Gandhian activist.
Prithvi Bhushan 2019 will be awarded for contributions in the field of Environment Conservation.
The winner of the award will be selected based on their level of leadership, equity and accountability in the conservation management, and effectiveness in conserving it.
Rajinder Singh ji’s work has been historic in its scope and inspirational in its impact. Known as the ‘Waterman of India’ his extraordinary work on water conservation has revived five river systems, bringing back water to more than a thousand villages.
Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt is considered as one of India’s first modern environmentalist. As a Gandhian environmentalist and social activist, he was one of the pioneers of the Chipko Movement. The Government of India conferred him with Padma Shri in 1986 and Padma Bhushan in 2005. In 2013, he received the Gandhi Shanti Puraskar by the President of India for his work on subaltern social ecology.
Initiating the first ever lifetime achievement award in the Prithvi Bhushan is YES BANK. And the 2015 CMS YES BANK Prithvi Bhushan Award has been conferred on Mr Anupam Mishra. He is a journalist, environmentalist, and water conservationist who works on promoting water conservation, water management and traditional rainwater harvesting techniques. The CMS YES BANK Prithvi Bhushan Award has been awarded to Mr Mishra for his works on promoting water conservation, water management and traditional rainwater harvesting techniques. Also, his publications on the work of communities organising themselves, to harvest and manage water, continue to inspire several individuals to take up work on setting up and reviving such time-tested water harvesting systems.