India’s Purnima Devi Barman honoured with U.N.’s highest environmental award
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Assam's wildlife biologist Purnima Devi Barman has been awarded the United Nation's highest environmental honour, 'Champions of the Earth', for 2022.
Barman has been given this honour for his transformative action to prevent degradation of ecosystems.
Barman has been honoured in the Entrepreneurial Vision category of this year's Champions of the Earth award by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
She is the founder of the Hargila Army and senior project manager of the Avifauna Research and Conservation Division, Aaranyak.
She is an Indian wildlife biologist working in Assam to protect the stork.
She leads the Hargila Army, a movement dedicated to saving the stork from extinction, consisting only of women.
As part of this movement, women make and sell stork-like masks, helping to raise awareness about endangered species as well as their financial independence.
Her love for birds was born when she was sent to live with his grandparents on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Assam at the age of five.
There she saw storks and many other species which made her fall in love with birds.
Greater Adjutant Stork
The greater adjutant stork is the second-rarest stork species in the world.
Due to the destruction of natural habitat, their population is currently reduced to 1,200, which is less than 1 percent of the number a century ago.
Rural areas are becoming increasingly urbanised, and the wetlands where storks thrive have dried up and become polluted, replaced by buildings, roads and mobile phone towers.
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