A documentary I voiced for Nabard Banks initiative to save the Vindhyanchal and Satpura valley forests.
Voice AgeYoung Adult (18-35)
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India is the world's fastest growing major economy. It is a mega diverse country covering only 2.4% of the world's land while supporting 17% of its human population, an 8% of its biodiversity. India's natural resources face feels pressure to meet its developmental aspirations and population demands. Forest cover 22% of India's land and our it's most critical resource. Besides supporting over 200 million people directly dependent on them for their survival, these forests form globally important ecosystems which are biodiversity hot spots and provide a wealth of goods and ecosystem services like medicating climate change, regulating fresh water and air, and reducing the impact of natural disasters, among others. Unfortunately, India's forest ecosystems are degrading. Developmental pressures combined with climate change impacts continue to affect their overall functionality, while diminishing the ability of millions to stay above the threshold of poverty. The Khanna page corridor is one such forest ecosystem, forming a part of the central Indian highlands of Sapura. Michael Khanna page corridor is an estimated area of 3200 square kilometres spanning Mandla Bala Cat and Cioni districts in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is an area interspersed with the tracks of forests, farms V, Eastlands, mine's water bodies, villages and very urban centres. The Gordo plays the vital role of ensuring biodiversity flow and dispersal of wildlife between the Kana and Paige Tiger reserves, which are strongholds of biodiversity in this landscape and support a large tourism economy. It also forms a key watershed for rivers, Narmada and Godavari, which are the two most important rivers of central India villages with 420,000 people, of whom 36% are below poverty line and 32% are indigenous beside in and around the corridor and depend on it for their survival. The corridor provides for everything their community requires from supporting livelihood, providing food, fuel, word and fodder to helping cope during climatic impacts. Estimates indicate that timber, non timber forest produce comprise as much as 30 to 50% of the communities cash income, the bones and the bag. Ours are the two main indigenous groups of the corridor and share an inextricable link with it. These groups form the vulnerable sections of the community, and their well being depends on the well being of the corridor and its forests. Despite its obvious importance, the corridor faces severe degradation. Threats, expanding road railway network, fast spreading invasive flora, increasing timber production and intensifying climatic impacts are affecting the integrity of the corridor. Studies in the corridor area reveal that even with an extremely small ecological footprint of the local community, the forests around the settlements are gradually degrading and fragmenting. These French forests face over extraction do too complex rural urban linkages, reducing availability and access, and frequent livelihood failures. Unfavourable weather events. Changes in rainfall and temperature regime are worsening the situation. The vulnerable community of the con, a bench corridor is the most affected and needs support to improve their resilience. To ensure this, there is a need for inclusive planning and action to promote sustainable harvest of resources, restore Commons and contain the footprint of human settlements while addressing the livelihood vulnerabilities of the community with the objective of building adaptive capacities of community, their livelihood and ecological security of Karna Page corridor, Madhya Pradesh Forest Department and RBS Foundation, India are jointly executing a four year project since April 2017. The project is being implemented by partner organisations Foundation for Ecological Security and Watershed Organisation Trust to promote community initiatives on conservation for restoration of Commons and to promote sustainable livelihoods. With 7500 most vulnerable families in 56 villages of the corridor, this collaborative project, supported by UN Climate Adaptation Fund and Nah, Bird, is seen as the way forward to ensure the long term functionality of the con a page corridor and help its communities and wildlife to co exist and prosper.