The world is on a precipice of unimaginable destruction due to several anthropogenic factors. The degradation of forests and landscapes is expected to worsen, as its drivers such as climate change, population growth and agricultural encroachment increasingly threaten our environment. Action is needed to halt environmental degradation, promote sustainable resource management, and restore the damage done https://www.wri.org/insights/nature-economic-winner-covid-19-recovery.
Globally more than 2 billion ha of forests and other land are degraded impacting 3.2 billion people because it directly threatens their food security or livelihoods. www.fao.org/state-of-forests/en/
Jamjuri is a place in Bankura district, West Bengal, where land is known for good fertility. It comes in Onda Block, which is a community development block (CD block) that forms an administrative division in the Bankura Sadar subdivision of the Bankura district in West Bengal, India.
In the Onda CD block in 2011, among the class of total workers, roughly 39.52% of the total population were agricultural workers.
In such a typical agricultural dominant area, some grew a manmade forest of Eucalyptus in an area of almost 20 hectare which has many ill effects like:
Uttarayan, visited those areas and discussed the negative consequences with the land owner, helped them with alternative ideas with high economic returns. Our team managed to convince them to shift from planting Eucalyptus to create a nursery after lot of soil reclamation process. As a result it gave economic stability to local people and provided empowerment to local tribal women as they started working in the nursery and even local children got aware of the biodiversity.