Balipara Foundation Green Guru Awardee Purnima Devi Barman soars the sky with the prestigious Green Oscar Award 2017
A guardian for the Greater Adjutant Stork in Assam, Purnima Devi Barman has been conferred with the prestigious Whitley Awards also known as the “Green Oscar Award, 2017” adding one more feather to her cap. Purnima Devi Barman won the Balipara Foundation Green Guru Award, 2016 for her relentless campaigns and her fierce determination to protect the rare species- Greater Adjutant Stork, an important link in the food web of our ecosystem.
Realising that conserving the ‘hargila’ is impossible without the cooperation of local community members, who own the trees where the storks build their nests; she along with her team members befriended each tree-owner family, who now voluntarily and actively participate in the rescue and rehabilitation of baby storks that fall from their nesting trees.
The Dadara, Pachariya and Singimari communities of Kamrup district are today exemplary role models for community conservation and Purnima Devi Barman has deservedly received the sobriquet of ‘hargila baideu’ or “Stork Sister”.
Ms. Barman’s story and that of the storks is much more than just a local legend.
Since 2013, Balipara Foundation has highlighted 53 case studies and efforts of societal entrepreneurs, who are working tirelessly to create social, economic and environmental impact in protecting the essential natural resources and restoring the beauty of the Eastern Himalayas.
This year, Balipara Foundation Awards will be held on the evening of 3rdNovember, 2017 where we will recognize 10 new ecological crusaders from the Eastern Himalayas.