Case Study: THINGNAM GIRIJA
Thingnam Girija belongs to Manipur and she is an ardent nature lover and wild ower enthusiast. Her association with Dr. Tabish Qureshi of Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi led to the creation of the website www.owersondia.net, which is one of the few citizen-science based initiatives dedicatedly on the ora of the country. And now the website has grown into being one of the well known portals, ower enthusiasts use it to explore, learn and document the owers of India. Many of the photographs that are uploaded in the website have been provided by her,for which she has taken the eort to visit distant places to document rare and endemic owers. At a very young age, Thingnam’s contribution to the ora of the country has been immense. She was awarded the Balipara Foundation Young Naturalist Award in 2015.
Thingnam’s contribution has been more inclined towards oral conservation and awareness. But it has also helped encourage younger generation from Manipur and outside to take interest in Natural History documentation.
Although Thingnam’s work did not directly had signicant economic contribution, but it has helped in increasing awareness of economically important oral species, as mentioned in the website that she is a part of – www.owersondia. net.
Thingnam’s documentation of rare and endemic wildowers in India has helped in increasing the awareness of the oral diversity among the masses.