Here are some green crusaders from the region who are working day and night to save the environment and the wildlife
Jadav Payeng (born 1963) is an environmental activist and forestry worker from Jorhat. Over the course of several decades, he planted and tended to trees on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra turning it into a forest reserve. The forest, called ‘Molai Forest’ after him, is located near Kokilamukh of Jorhat. In 2015, he was honoured with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India.
Rakesh Soud – Rakesh Soud, is an activist, environmentalist, conservationist, research scholar and photographer from Bongaigaon. His passion to work on environmental issues dates back to his college days, where he got the opportunity to explore the various forests of Assam as a part of his study. In 2001, he started working with two NGOs – Aaranyak and Nature’s Fosters for wildlife conservation and issues related to human-animal conflict. Rakesh later joined the renowned Pigmy Hog Conservation Programme and WWF-India.
Purnima Barman- Assam’s renowned environmentalist Purnima Devi Barman has won the prestigious Whitley Awards, also known as the Green Oscars, for her efforts in conserving the greater adjutant stork. Barman is associated with Aaranyak NGO that works for wildlife conservation. She has been working with Dadara, Pachariya and Hingimari villages of Kamrup district to save the greater adjutant stork, locally known as Haargila in Assam.
Bano Haralu – Known as the ‘Falcon of the World’, a journalist turned conservationist Bano along with two of her colleagues unveiled the rapid decline of the falcons, which played a vital role in agriculture as they preyed on the termites that would otherwise destroy the crops, by uncovering the story of how they were being hunted and sold in the local markets. She has been involved in conservation work in Nagaland since 2010. For her contribution to the field of wildlife conservation, Bano was awarded the Young Entrepreneur Award by Balipara Foundation in 2014.