Assam’s renowned wildlife conservationist Purnima Devi Barman has been nominated for the 2020 Indianapolis Prize.
Barman has figured in the list of 31 nominees across the globe released by the officials of the Indianapolis Prize.
Purnima Devi Barman associated with the Aaranyak Biodiversity Conservation Society, focused on efforts to conserve greater adjutant storks — the most endangered stork species in India.
She is credited with creating a campaign to ensure the survival of the birds and bring pride to villages that are home to the species, changing an opinion that once viewed the birds as a bad omen.
“These remarkable nominees are responsible for some of the finest conservation work occurring on our planet today,” said Dr. Rob Shumaker, Indianapolis Zoo president.
“They lead, protect, inspire, and offer hope for everyone who cares about the natural world.”
“I am immensely proud that we can highlight their important achievements through the Indianapolis Prize,” said Dr Shumaker.
The winner of the Indianapolis Prize will receive $250,000 and the five finalists each will receive $10,000.
The finalists and winner will be honoured at the Indianapolis Prize Gala presented by Cummins Inc., on September 12, 2020.
On May 18, 2017, Barman bagged the Whitley Award, also known as Green Oscar, from Princess Royal Anne, patron of the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), in London.
She was awarded in recognition of her pioneering work in the protection and preservation of greater adjutant stork, locally known as Hargila.
Barman, who leads the Hargila Army, has been working in Dadara, Pachariya, Singimari villages in Assam’s Kamrup (rural) district for the last 11 years.