Dr. Purnima Devi Barman, renowned wildlife(वन्य जीवन) biologist and conservationist (संरक्षणवादी) of Assam, have been nominated for the prestigious Whitley Awards also known as the Green Oscars. She has been nominated for her relentless efforts (अथक प्रयास) and campaigns for the conservation of the Greater Adjutant Stork locally known as ‘Haargila’ in Assam. She has been working with the Dadara, Pachariya and Hingimari villages of Kamrup district to save the Greater Adjutant Stork and is associated with Aaranyak, a Guwahati based NGO which works for wildlife conservation.
Barman has been nominated from among 166 researchers of 66 countries for this award.
The Whitley Awards are made annually by the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) to recognize and celebrate effective national and regional conservation leaders across the globe. The awards are worth £35,000 (2016) and are now amongst the most high profile of conservation prizes. The awards particularly seek to recognize contributions to wildlife conservation made from outside the developed world, and to bring to international attention the work of deserving individuals committed to precipitating(ठोस होना) long-lasting conservation benefits on the ground.