Author: Tracy Melvin
With generous funding from the Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust, Aaranyak, Global Wildlife Conservation, and the International Finance Corporation, the Women in Nature Network (WiNN) hosted their fourth annual global networking event, “WiNN India 2019”.
From January 28th to February 2, 2019, 60 women from 12 different countries came together in Guwahati, Assam - situated south of the eastern Himalayas along the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys – a northeastern Indian treasure. Here, surrounded by success stories from a state that has conserved the one-horned Indian rhinoceros from near extinction and one of the last wild habitats for the Asian elephant, these women started building an international community of 21st-Century conservation practitioners. The event was held with the leadership of Purnima Devi Barman, WiNN partnered Aaranyak (www.aaranayak.org), a Guwahati based NGO, and with the Kamrup District Administration, Kamrup Police, and Assam Forest Department.
On World Wetland Day 2019, GROOTS Kenya received an award from the Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Forestry and National Environment Management Authority in recognition of their work in spearheading community-led environment conservation and climate change resilience campaigns. GROOTS Kenya focuses on supporting the engagement of women in leadership and advocacy at the grassroots level. Congratulations on this fantastic work!