Met the environmentalist and film-maker Pradip Krishen last week, after a gap of couple of years. Amidst the warmness with which he gives me a hearing, germinated an idea to approach the “National Wasteland Development Board” or some similar organization in India.
The idea is to convince them to give us access to a large tract of land — perhaps a few square kms — of degraded land, which they have identified and classified as “wasteland”.
Pradip and i would raise a team of people, and resources to convert this land into a natural (and native) forest. Whether we can or no, is not a question that occurs to my mind. With the work Pradip has done with forests in Aravallis, Jodhpur and elsewhere, and the company of such environmentalists he keeps, i have no doubt about what can be achieved.
I also have no doubt that i’d be able to raise resources — money, specifically — for this project. It so deeply connects with my purpose of life, that i would it give it all the energy, passion and fire i have stocked up inside me.
Connecting livelihoods, degraded forest lands, water conservation, seedballs
My larger purpose is to connect the keywords: livelihoods, rejuvenating degraded forest lands, water conservation, seedballs.
- find a few people (or train them) with intense knowledge of native trees hills in their region
- find people with knowledge of water conservation techniques
- connect livehoods with seed collection from these trees
- create nurseries for seedballs and for saplings of difficult slow growing trees like Silver Oak (baanj)
- work with grassroots non-profits and self-help groups to facilitate fund raising for such projects
Regions of interest
- Delhi-Haryana ridge
- Dharamshala; Khanyara; Palampur
- through voluntary donations
- fund raising through corporates
Ideal situation is to make this a self-sustaining and for-profit venture on the lines of http://www.grow-trees.com/
Resources: Seedballs, alternate techniques, passion and lots of energy
Some resources that might help us create such a forest.
Mimicking Nature with Cattle
Seedballs, as a low-cost way to generate forests
I need help to get started!
I have made a commitment to Pradip that i’d turn every stone to show him results on this project. And i need help! Desperately.
I need to get across to someone at the “National Wasteland Development Board” OR probably “National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board“. Someone really at the top! Someone really senior in the department!