Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang has received ‘Pangkor Dialogue Award 2016’ in Malaysia for the efforts made by the people of the state for environmental preservation and promotion.

The award was handed over to him last evening at a function at Ipoh city in Malaysia in the presence of leaders, academicians and personalities from various parts of the world, a release issued by CMO said here on Wednesday.

Zeliang was awarded by the organisers Institute Darul Rudzuan and Malaysian government.

The Chief Minister in his address recounted the efforts of the Naga people to make the state the Amur Falcon capital and how they, like many South East Asian societies, lived in close proximity with nature.

He also appealed to the people of Nagaland to continue environmental preservation and development and said the people should cooperate with the government to undertake mass tree plantation every year and preserve natural flora and fauna.