Where we work
Madhya Pradesh and the central Indian highlands are home to some of the most vulnerable tribal communities. Our presence in Mandla and Balaghat districts of the Mahakaushal region in Madhya Pradesh includes the biodiversity-rich zone of Kanha National Park. The region has highly degraded forests, heavily infested with invasive species, low farmland productivity, and distress migration of local communities.
What we do
To help improve vegetation cover and livelihood opportunities, we work with local communities, Panchayats, and government officials to improve governance of common lands and water bodies, promote agriculture and livestock-based livelihoods, and seek better access to various government programmes.
“With the removal of the weed from our forest, I earned Rs.5,500 from collection of Mahua flowers and tendu leaves, which ensured that I could pay for my medical expenses and also for my child’s education.”
“With the guidance of our Gram Paryavarn Samiti and Van Suraksha Samiti, we have protected and nurtured 17.29 acres of our common land by removing invasive species like Lantana, which has allowed the native Ladiya to regenerate. Today, they flourish and give us shade and fodder. We have imposed a community ban on the cutting and felling of trees, and formed rules and regulations to manage these lands. This has helped native species regenerate and we are very happy to see some trees grow to 20 feet.”