Purnima Devi Barman
Conservation Biologist, Aaranyak
Dr. Purnima Devi Barman popularly known and ‘’Hargila baido” among communities is a conservation biologist with the NGO, Aaranyak, in Assam. Purnima is the recipient of Whitley Award 2017/Green Oscar 2017 for her crusading conservation movement to protect the highly endangered Greater Adjutant Stork. This was conferred by Her Royal highness Princess Anne in London at Royal Geographical Society on 18th May 2017. Purnima has been also conferred with Nari Shakti Purashkar by President of India which is the highest civilian award for Indian women. she has been tirelessly working with communities and conducting research on the storks from last 12 years. Purnima was also awarded several other distinguished awards, including the UNDP India biodiversity Award 2016 from United Nations, the Royal Bank of Scotland RBS “Earth Hero Award” under save the species category 2016 and the Balipara foundation “Green Guru Award” in 2016 She is also the recipient of Yamin Hazarika memorial award. Purnima is the founder of a group called “Hargila army” (voice of rural women as protector of tree) and has organized over 200 local women into the “Hargila Army” to implement Hargila conservation and now having 400 rural women as members into the group to voice for nature Her work has given the communities a voice and she has set up a model for community conservation by building strong ownership. Purnima is also a “green teacher” diploma holder carrying gold certificate in environment education.
Purnima has represented her country India by attending and presenting presentation in many international conference and training including China, Cambodia, USA, UK, France, Argentina, Mexico, Guyana, Malayasia, Germany, New Zealand, Canada, Thailand etc. She is a member of Global Women in nature network and under this global network she is the honorary director of WINN India. Purnima has recently hosted an International conference of women in nature network, January 2019 and chosen Guwhati, Assam where women conservationist from 13 countries participated. Purnima is committed to serve for nature for here country till her last breath.