Rural Women undertakes planting trees on 'Devbani'
By Aman Singh | Project leader
Rural Women Planting Trees on their Devbani land
As monsoon starts in early July this year, the people, particularly women of Buntoli village in Alwar district of Rajasthan (India), have started planting trees on their‘Chandi Maiya Devbani’ grazing land. The women plant different kind of trees which are useful to them; to improving and enlarging the tree-sheltered area for their livestock and wildlife; to improving the fodder supply for the livestock and to improving water catchment in that area. Apart from these it revives the indigenous biodiversity through plantation of indigenous plant species to enhance ecosystem health in the buffer zone of Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR). Today, the buffer area of STR is invaded by IAS (invasive plant species) such as Prosopis juliflora, Cassia tora and Lantana camara leading to loss of traditional grazing lands of agro-pastoral community and the indigenous flora and fauna is also threatened due to these IAS of plants. The tree plantation helps towards livelihood security of the local people, where poverty and vulnerability to climatic changes (drought, famine) is common. and above all it helps in sinking carbon. “Hamari Chandi Maiya Devbani me ham Sabhi prakar ke ped-podhe uga rahe hai” (In our‘Chandi Maiya Devbani’, grazing land, we are plating all kinds of trees); Shailendramuni, a 60 years old community monk from Buntoli village, District Alwar Rajasthan.
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