Forest Conservation Efforts – NFP, Western Ghats, etc.

Jadav Payeng: The Forest Man of India


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Not Much

Mains level : Success models of reforestation

Jadav Payeng, known as ‘The Forest Man of India’, takes us through his journey of grit that saw a desert turning into a forest. His story is been depicted through an upcoming trilingual film.

We knew about the mountain man in India. We have also had the Forest Man of India who is also a living inspiration for successful afforestation. We can quote such examples in essays very well.

Who is Jadav Payeng?

  • Jadav “Molai” Payeng (born 1963) is an environmental activist and forestry worker from Majuli Island popularly known as the Forest Man of India.
  • He was born in the indigenous Mising tribe of Assam.
  • Over the course of several decades, he has planted and tended trees on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra turning it into a forest reserve.
  • The forest, called Molai forest after him is located near Kokilamukh of Jorhat, Assam, India and encompasses an area of about 1,360 acres / 550 hectares.
  • In 2015, he was honoured with Padmashri, the fourth highest civilian award in India.

His work

  • The forest, which came to be known as Molai forest, now houses Bengal tigers, Indian rhinoceros, and over 100 deer and rabbits.
  • Molai forest is also home to elephants and several varieties of birds, including a large number of vultures.
  • Bamboo covers an area of over 300 hectares.

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