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Jadav Payeng

Jadav Payeng

Environmental Activist and Forestry Worker

BACKGROUND/ Academic and professional background

Completed 10th Standard (Indian high school) / Padma Shree / Dr (honorary) / Herdsman

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

As a responsible nature loving citizen, Jadav Payeng has started sapling plantation and spreading of seeds on a barren river sand bar in 1979, at the age of 16 years… The last 36 years of tireless & persistent efforts created 550 hectares of forest on the river sandbar. Doing so, he turned the river sandbar into a sanctuary where one-horned rhinos, hundreds of elephants, tigers, deers and vultures started living !

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

District: Jorhat, State: Assam, Country: INDIA

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental… of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

+ Economic : Grazing land made available for cattle – resulting in increased milk production, Fire wood is readily made available for women, Timber for making boats, Secondary income created by selling forest by products like fruits, lack, resins etc.

+ Social : People started re-settling in this island after 1965 floods. Children could go to school, Women could spend better time with families, Better economy led to increased social involvement.

+ Political : Villages received due recognition from Government & Forest Department. They got special consideration to recognise as a community reserve.

+ Environmental : Forest eco-system restored. Wildlife including One-horned Rhinos, Elephants, Tigers, Deers and Vultures started visiting this newly created forest.

This impact aims to be broader thank to the Planet Plantation Project (PPP) :

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

Earth belongs to everyone, not just humans.

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