Thursday 14 March 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 68

Save the forests
14.3.2013, Mumbai

When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then you will discover you cannot eat money….

The Central Indian Highlands Wildlife Film Festival (CIHWFF) has successfully completed its second consecutive year. It is the only film festival in the entire world that provides opportunity to participants to showcase talent and creativity and offers a platform to learn the craft of filmmaking.

The endeavor is to create a green economy that does not worsen climate change or destroy the planet in order to generate profits. One of the ways to do this is to plant more trees. Green economy is possible only when people practice eco-friendly policies of governments.

Madhya Pradesh has a total area of 308000 square kilometers out of which about 95211 square kilometers area is forest land. In terms of forest cover, the real picture is different. According to State of Forest Report released by the Forest Survey of India the estimated forest cover, including “trees outside forest”, is only about 77000 square kilometers in Madhya Pradesh.

Whatever remains of the forest is further threatened through the growth of forest in geometric progression. Sadly the villages set in the interiors of the forest are the nodal points that provide vital information to poachers and illicit loggers. And since both these operations are highly rewarding, there are pressures to connect the nodal points with the main roads.

Once this is accomplished, there is access to a tractor, trolley and lorries and once that happens, disappearance of the forest cover in a particular area is just a matter of time!

Bhawana Somaaya/

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