Saturday, 20 May 2017

Forest Man of India - Jadav Payeng

A beautiful and inspiring film about Majuli island in north east India, the largest river island in the world, which sits in the flow of the mighty Brahmaputra river. Jadev started planting trees in the 1970s, single-handed, and his forest is now considerably larger than Central Park NY. 

There are serious concerns for the long term viability of the island due to ever-increasing soil erosion, but Jadev's efforts are a viable solution if he can be supported and funded. The forest is now home to a herd of migratory forest elephants, deer, rhino and tigers. 

This award-winning film, made in 2012 is worth 16 minutes of anyone's time:

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