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) : http://www.jadavpayeng.org/ppp
QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you
Earth belongs to everyone, not just humans.
Reference : http://www.jadavpayeng.org/