Planting char, mahuli, and bamboo to regenerate forests: Conservation efforts by the Baiga tribal community – Madhya Pradesh

Baiga woman from Kanha Tiger Reserve, India 2013
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3. The Baiga have restored over 600 acres of forest around just one village

In the village of Dhaba in central India, Baiga tribal villagers became concerned that the local forest department were cutting down too many trees, supposedly to stop the spread of a pest. They protested and physically intervened, placing themselves between the forest officials and the trees.

Their protest succeeded, and now several tree species like the char, mahuli, and bamboo have regenerated around the village. The Baiga planted many of the trees themselves.

Source: Earth Day: Eight amazing facts that prove tribal people are the best conservationists – Survival International
Address: https://www.survivalinternational.org/news/11667
Date Visited: 17 March 2022

From being tiger worshippers to guardians of the wildlife, the Baiga tribe of Madhya Pradesh are playing a vital role in tiger conservation by helping forest officials in providing protection to the big cats and other wild animals living in the Kanha National Park.

Members of the Baiga tribe, a semi-nomadic tribe of central India that is reliant on the forest, had been living in 28 villages within the Kanha National Park until 1968, after which they were relocated. […]

Source: “Tribals Join in Tiger Conservation in Kanha National Park”, Outlook Magazine, 19 June 2016
Address: http://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/story/tribals-join-in-tiger-conservation-in-kanha-national-park/943927
Date Visited: Mon Apr 24 2017 15:59:40 GMT+0200 (CEST)

Tribals are subject to oppression and cruelty even after independence and still picked up by the investigating officers to cover up shoddy investigations

Supreme Court Judge Justice D.Y. Chandrachud quoted in “Members of De-Notified Tribes Picked Up to Cover Up Shoddy Investigations” | Learn more >>

India’s Forest Rights Act recognizes tribal communities’ rights to remain on their land and harvest its resources, even when it’s turned into a conservation zone. Yet these rights are continually violated, and many tribespeople are unaware they even exist.

But there is hope. Survival is working with partners on the ground to ensure India’s tribal people are informed of their rights. We are campaigning to prevent further evictions from tiger reserves and are supporting those seeking redress for past injustices.

Source: Tiger Reserves, India, Background Briefing, Survival International
Address: https://www.survivalinternational.org/about/tigers
Date Visited: 17 March 2022

In the last five years, there have been two deaths due to tiger attacks. Kanha Tiger Reserve, located in the Maikal ranges of the Satpuras is spread over Mandla and Balaghat districts of MP. According to National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) website, this Kanha Tiger Reserve with an area of 2,074 sq km — 940 sq km of it being the national park and 1,134 sq km being the buffer zone.

Source: MP: ‘Terrorised’ by tiger, tribals near Kanha back on tantric ritual, Hindustani Times, 26 June 2016
Address: https://www.hindustantimes.com/bhopal/mp-terrorised-by-tiger-tribals-near-kanha-back-on-tantric-ritual/story-EX4mPWRhqj8jYVoNZfVKvM.html
Date Visited: 17 March 2022

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