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Jungle Ki Sherni

Jungle Ki Sherni

Background

Kandoni Soren of Jharkhand organised 40 women from her tribe to safeguard their forest and natural resources from illegal tree cutters.

 

About Jungle Ki Sherni’ & Her Team

  • Every morning, armed with sticks and bow arrows, a group of indigenous women from Sarkaghat leave their homes. They march together to the Jharkhand forest that borders their village, then disperse into the deeper areas.
  • They keep an eye out for persons who enter the forest for the purpose of unlawful tree felling and prevent them from stealing their valuable resources.
  • Kandoni, a Jamshedpur Police house guard, is the driving force behind this programme, which she started in 2011.
  • Many outsiders enter the forest to make use of its resources. However, they frequently go too far and exploit the land. They are gangs and mafias with a long history of criminal activity.
  • According to Kandoni, many rural people had already begun to experience the effects of environmental degradation and had begun migrating to other cities in search of alternative means of income.
  • The organisation has grown to 40 members throughout the years. They patrol the forest 24 hours a day and defend their natural resources.
  • They planned shifts and marked out the forest's boundaries. Some high-risk zones or isolated places require extra care, thus they are divided into four teams and shifts are scheduled accordingly.
  • This initiative has resulted in an 80-90 percent reduction in unlawful tree felling. 

Quote: “Conservation is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution.”- Aldo Leopold

 

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