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Forest officer Sasmita Lenka gets UN's Asia Environmental Enforcement Award

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Feb 07, 2021 06:49 PM IST

Sasmita Lanka received the award under the 'Gender Leadership and Impact' category for her work in busting pangolin smuggling rackets in the state.

In a first for India, a female forest officer from Odisha, Sasmita Lenka has been felicitated with United Nation's Asia Environmental Enforcement Award.

The image shows forest officer Sasmita Lenka from Odisha.(Twitter/@ANI)
The image shows forest officer Sasmita Lenka from Odisha.(Twitter/@ANI)

Lanka, who is a divisional forest officer in Athgarh, Cuttack, received the award under the 'Gender Leadership and Impact' category for her work in busting pangolin smuggling rackets in the state.

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Lenka has helped in busting an international network of pangolin in Athgarh and Khunnpunni.

"We have seized three pangolins, including a dead one, and arrested 28 smugglers. The pangolins were being supplied to China, Vietnam, and Myanmar for black marketing...I'm glad my work was noticed. But it'll only stop once the pangolin is saved from extinction," Sasmita, who is now posted as deputy conservator of forest in the Bhubaneswar district headquarters, said.

She also conducted many awareness campaigns among locals about the illegal trade of pangolins.

ANI also took to Twitter to share her image:

To bust the racket, she offered a reward of 10,000 for information about suspects. "Residents across 30 villages reached out with information. The initiative received a huge response, and we took action against several criminals based on this information," Lanka said.

She said the majority of locals were not aware that pangolins exist in the vicinity, but awareness about the animal and strict action taken by the administration helped change the people's mindset.

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