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Poornima Devi Barman honored with UN's highest environmental award

Category : Awards
Published on: November 25 2022 Share on facebook

  • Indian wildlife biologist Dr Purnima Devi Barman was recently awarded with Champions of the Earth award in the Entrepreneurial vision category, UN’s highest environmental honour. 
  • She is the founder of the Hargila Army and senior project manager of the Avifauna Research and Conservation Division, Aaranyak.
  • The Champions of the Earth is an appreciation for innovative ways implemented by the awardees across the world to support nature’s extraordinary capacity for renewal.
  • Purnima Devi Barman, a Green Oscar Winner, has strived for nearly two decades to ensure the survival of the Greatest Adjutant Stork by creating an all-woman grassroots conservationist group called the ‘Hargila (the Assamese name for the bird) Army’ to save the bird from extinction.
  • Besides India’s Purnima Devi Barman, the other recipients of the UNEP award are Lebanon’s environmental enterprise Arceniel, Peru’s Constantino (Tino) Aucca Chuta for pioneering a community reforestation model driven by a local community, Sir Partha Dasgupta of the UK in the Science and Innovation Category, Cameroon’s Cecile Bibian Ndjebet for advocating the rights of women in Africa to secure land tenure.
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