• Environment activist Purnima Devi Barman honoured with World Female Ranger Award

    Environment activist Purnima Devi Barman honoured with World Female Ranger Award
    The greater adjutant stork's reputation is being changed by biologist and conservationist Purnima Devi Barman.

    Digital Desk: Purnima Devi Barman, a well-known environmentalist from Assam, has won the World Female Ranger Award 2022 for her outstanding service and dedication to conservation.

    "I am humbled, honoured, and thrilled to be the recipient of the World Female Ranger Award 2022." "I express my heartfelt gratitude for recognising the importance of protecting the endangered Assam Hargila and other similar species," Barman said after receiving the award.

    Without recognising the pioneering work of brave female rangers and eco-guards worldwide, my acceptance of this medal and honour would not be complete. As our Hargila Army has demonstrated, putting women at the centre of conservation initiatives can work miracles.

    "I hope we can collaborate to increase environmental sustainability and gender fairness. There are still many obstacles to overcome, but we are committed to doing so," she stated.

    Scientist and conservationist Purnima Devi Barman is altering public opinions of the Greater Adjutant Stork. Purnima and her "Hargila Army" have assisted in transforming this bird, which is sometimes referred to as a disease-carrying pest, an ugly, dirty bird, or a terrible omen, into a cultural symbol in Assam.

    Over 10,000 women labour as a team in the Hargila Army, which Barman founded from humble beginnings, to save the critically endangered Greater Adjutant Stork.

    In order to solve the issue of the birds' declining habitat, she also constructed the first artificial breeding platform in the world where chicks may safely hatch.

    How Many Elephants, an international NGO based in the UK presented the prestigious award.

    In connection with her ground-breaking project, World Female Ranger Week, How Many Elephants founder Holly Budge introduced the World Female Ranger Award last year (June 23-30th).

    "We are happy to honour Purnima with this award and a stipend generously sponsored by the Globe Foundation. She is an incredible woman who is empowering women, improving communities, and safeguarding animals," Holly stated.

    Over 5500 female rangers have been found worldwide by Holly and her colleagues.