Reforestation Drives In Jhum-Impacted Nagaland
Between May and July 2017, Sanctuary’s Mud on Boots Project Leaders Tsuseki and Limthure Yimchunger conducted three reforestation drives on tracts of land that were burned for jhum cultivation around the Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagaland.
Photo:Tsuseki and Limthure Yimchunger.
The Project Leaders received the support of the Nagaland Forest Department as well as the local village counsel, both of which have been witness to their consistent conservation work. Forty two residents of the village, including members of the Bhutan Glory Eco Club that is run by the Project Leaders, participated in these drives. Saplings of native species were provided by the Forest Department and over 4,030 trees were planted.
Jhum or ‘slash and burn’ agriculture is a traditional form of agriculture that is still practiced by many tribal communities in northeast India. It involves clearing the land of vegetation by burning it, cultivating it for a few years and then abandoning it for a new site. “Jhum cultivation is a threat to our biodiverse forests, and these reforestation drives are conducted to restore burnt land and spread conservation awareness about its impacts within our community,” said Limthure.
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