GUWAHATI, Oct 17 - Conservationist Purnima Devi Barman, coordinator of greater adjutant conservation initiatives, Aaranyak, has been honoured with the prestigious Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Earth Hero Award, in the category of �Save the Species Award, 2016� in recognition of her efforts towards wildlife and environment conservation.
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), a subsidiary of the RBS Group, announced the winner of the RBS Earth Heroes Award for 2016. Seven individuals/institutions from the field of wildlife and conservation, who have demonstrated exemplary work on the ground, were chosen by an independent jury for the RBS Earth Hero Award.
Purnima received the award at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi on October 14.
She has been leading a continuous crusade along with people from the adjacent villages of Dadara and Posoria of Kamrup district to save and protect the highly endangered greater adjutant stork.
Dedicating the award to the communities of Dadara and Posoria villages, the Kamrup district administration, Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP), and her colleagues and mentors of Aaranyak, Purnima said that the award would give further boost to the community conservation initiative at Dadara.
Eighty per cent of the present global population of the greater adjutant stork (locally called hargila) is found in the Brahmaputra Valley, with Kamrup district accounting for 50 per cent of those. The three villages of Dadara, Posoria and Singimari shelter a healthy concentration of around 300 birds.