Planting Trees in India

Welt Film
Wednesday, 18th June 2014

Over 30 years ago, Jadav Payeng began planting trees.

After watching hundreds of snakes in the area die from the heat, he felt that this could happen to humans one day too.

So he planted trees on barren land to create a diverse ecosystem that could sustain a range of wildlife. The 1,200 hectare forest is now home to 5 royal Bengal tigers and is a migratory route for over 100 elephant.

Jadav had many challenges over the years, especially when the migratory elephants were destorying the villagers crops. Luckily, the villagers finally came around to the forest, now namedthe Molai sanctuary.

This is an inspiring example of how one person's actions can create so much.

Further resources

Watch: The man who planted trees

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Desert or Paradise: Restoring Endangered Landscape Using Water Management, Including Lake and Pond Construction

Watch: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change

A Sanctuary of Trees by Gene Logsdon

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