The Green Hub flags off its Fellowship Programme for 2017

SHEHNAZ AKHTAR

The Green Hub flagged off its innovative fellowship programme in Tezpur, Assam recently. It also announced its unique annual Environment Film Festival to be held from May 13 to 15, 2017 in Tezpur.

The Green Hub is a collaborative initiative of North East Network and Dusty Foot Productions, New Delhi which aims to engage and empower the local youth from different communities mainly remote tribal areas, to conserve biodiversity in the northeastern region of India, using the visual medium. It is emerging as a unique space which employs innovative ideas of people from different regions through practices for the management and conservation of protected areas.

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The Green Hub is the first youth and community based video documentation organization which involves skilled people who help in recording the nature and environment and the wildlife as well as biodiversity. It helps in providing a bigger platform to have wider windows of learning and exploring their potential.

The main thrust of the project is to encourage people from different areas of the northeast like Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, Mizoram for sharing indigenous knowledge and also working for social change in the region. The visual documentation through photography have provided employment opportunities to the people to learn as well as explore the diversity of northeast.

Every year, 20 youths are selected from the northeast for the fellowship at the Green Hub, to train them in video documentation, especially in the wildlife and biodiversity sector. The fellowship includes a 10-month internship period with two months residential training at Tezpur. Video documentation through Short films are being made which includes natural sites, biodiversity conservation initiatives, human elephant conflict as well as indigenous species.

Rita Banerji, a wildlife filmmaker and winner of the Green Panda Award  said, “the main idea behind the project was to encourage the locals and the youth of the northeast to understand the value of nature and provide them greater opportunities of learning as well connecting people from different regions.”

She also hopes that training the youth will inspire them to have technical knowledge and will lead them for future actions of conservation. Ten youths from different states who were keenly associated with video documentation programme shared their experiences.  

Imrana Khan, Programme Manager at Green Hub and Green Hub Festival Director said, “Such ideas strengthen the youth network and helps one to establish positive insights. To further encourage filmmakers from the northeastern region, the Green Hub festival is inviting proposals for documentaries through pitching. It is open to all from northeast and focuses on biodiversity, gender and developmental issues. It is in partnership with  UNDP and PBST.”

The Festival is an integral part of the larger Green Hub programme which allows for participation of the youth and create opportunities for the people to come out with ideas that help in conserving nature. It also connects and supports associated schemes and developmental projects as well and helps to raise awareness among the communities.

The Green Hub festival will be inaugurated by Dr.Santwana Bordoloi, National-award winning filmmaker at KBR auditorium, Tezpur University.  The programme will include presentations, music, workshops, film screening and panel discussions which will be led by 35 Green Hub fellows. The Thumb Print magazine (www.thethumbprintmag.com) is a media partner of the Festival.

The Green Hub seeks to strengthen and connect people and establish stronger bonds among communities.  It is envisioned to become a catalyst for conservation initiatives and to help build a network of individuals and empower them to engage with new paradigms of conservation of the northeast region in the future.