Rugged mountains, deep gorges, geomorphic caves, dense forests and more make Chhattisgarh a unique refuge for wildlife. A universe unto itself with natural riches beyond compare – the state encompasses several Protected Areas. It is this exquisite legacy that Wild Chhattisgarh celebrates. The writers and photographers who helped put this book together went far beyond the all-important tiger reserves – Indravati, Achanakmar and Udanti-Sitanadi to transport readers to relatively lesser-known wildernesses including Barnawapara, Bhoramdeo, Tamor-Pingla, Guru Ghasidas and Kanger Valley.
Sanctuary believes that this natural capital will draw a large number of visitors from India and overseas. The task before us is to ensure that tourism is so managed as to turn it into a powerful conservation tool, capable of offering livelihoods and opportunities to lakhs of people and educating millions more.
However, today, the challenge of climate change, coupled with habitat destruction is very real. The forests of Chhattisgarh are not mere ‘resources’, they are sources of life. The biodiversity-rich ecosystems written about and illustrated between these covers have a value that far exceeds superficial aesthetics. These natural infrastructures are critical to Chhattisgarh’s water, food, economic and social security.
Dive into this treasure trove of natural history that traces Chhattisgarh’s rich heritage and highlights the steps we need to take to secure this irreplaceable inheritance for generations unborn.