Meet Tiasa Adhya, a wildlife conservationist, who is the recipient of the prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskar, for her successful efforts to save the endangered, fishing cat.
Tiasa was brought up in the four walls of a concrete jungle, but she developed an interest for the wild, thanks to her brother and father. It was in 2010, that Tiasa, by then the co-founder of Fishing Cat Project, along with her partner and mentor, Partha Dey, began to research on the habitat and the condition of the endangered fishing cats.
An incident sparked off the fiery side of this conservationist in 2015, when a few poachers killed a fishing cat and posted the picture on social media for the world to see. Appalled by the insensitivity, Tiasa and her team managed to collect 5,000 signatures from 48 countries which worked as a driving force to get the poachers arrested and also helped in getting the conservation of fishing cats within the three-tiers of panchayati administration.
Awarded with the Nari Shakti Puraskar, Tiasa hopes to transform conservation into a “societal decision” through her endeavors.