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Itagar, Dec 4: Lama Lobsang Gyatso, one of the most vocal opponents of Hydro power projects in Tawang region, received the prestigious Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award in a ceremony held at the tiol Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai on Friday evening. The award was handed over to Gyatso by former Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Usha Thorat in presence of several dignitaries including Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadvis, former top cop Julio Rebeiro and editor of Sanctuary Asia magazine, Bittu Sahgal, a press release informed here today. The award recognises the works of Lama Gyatso through the Save Mon Region Federation (SMRF) for protection of the rivers, ecology and wildlife of Tawang, in particular the wintering habitat of the revered Black necked-crane. The tiol Green Tribul had in a landmark judgement suspended the environmental clearance of the 780 MW Nyamjang Chhu project in April 2016 in response to an Appeal filed by SMRF. Gyatso in his acceptance speech dedicated the award to the two martyrs of the police firing on May 2 this year in Tawang. The event was hosted by Bollywood actor and Governing Body member of Sanctuary ture Foundation, Dia Mirza, the release added.