قبل اكثر من 30 عام بدأ فتى اسمه جاديف مولاي "بيينج" بزراعه البذور في منطقه ساندبار في ولايه اسسام الهنديه.
الفتى تأثر برؤيته الاف الثعابين التي جرفتها السيول الى هذه المنطقه القاحله تموت من الجفاف والحر حيث لا توجد اشجار تستظل بها من الحر.
لقد بكى كثيرا متأثرا بما حصل لهذه الزواحف واتجه نحو السلطات يطلب منها ان تزرع الاشجار لحمايه الحيوانات . ولكن السلطات ردت عليه ان هذه الارض قاحله وغير صالحه للزراعه ويمكنك فقط زراعه البامبو "القصب" فيها وليس الاشجار.
الفتى بدأ مشروعه انذاك وقام لوحده بزراعه اكثر من الف هكتار بيديه خلال 30 عاما اصبحت الارض القاحله غابه تتفاخر بها الهند . ويعيش فيها العديد من الطيور والافيال والقرود والنمور.
بيينج قام باستخدام مصادر طبيعيه في استصلاح الارض مثل استقدام النمل من اماكن بعيده. ولا يزال يبذل جهده منفردا في غابته التي صارت الان تحمل اسمه.
More than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Mulai” Payeng began planting seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in India’s Assam region. Floods had washed a large number of snakes onto the sandbar and eventually they all died, which is when Jadav found them.
“The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms,” Jadav told the Times Of India. ”It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me,” he told the newspaper.
Now, the once-barren and lifeless sandbar is a sprawling 1,360 acre forest, home to several thousands of varieties of trees and a great diversity of wildlife, including birds, deer, apes, rhino, elephants and tigers. The Mulai Reserve was single-handedly planted and cultivated by only one man who began this journey as a compassionate and determined 16 year old. Jadav has demonstrated a complex understanding of ecological balance, even transplanting ants to his developing ecosystem to strengthen its natural harmony.
According to the Assistant Conservator of Forests, Gunin Saikia, it is perhaps the world’s biggest forest in the middle of a river. ”We were surprised to find such a dense forest on the sandbar,” Saikia told the Times Of India, adding that officials only recently learned of Payeng’s forest. ”We’re amazed at Payeng,” says Assistant Conservator of Forests, Gunin Saikia. “He has been at it for 30 years. Had he been in any other country, he would have been made a hero.”
Finally, Jadav Payeng may get the support and recognition he deserves. He has dedicated his entire life to the upkeep and growth of the forest, accepting a life of isolation by choosing to live there. Today, he is still living in his forest – sharing a hut with his wife and three children. In the future he plans to spread this venture into other barren areas.
Well, what can one person do? One person can make a difference. It may seem futile at first, but with time, energy and persistence, the seemingly small impact may lead to monumental results. A shadeless sandbar that was once the site of carnage has been transformed into a self-functioning environment where a multitude of wildlife prospers.
Check out Trees for the Future – a group that is dedicated to sustainable agroforestry – and see how you can fight for Jadav’s cause