Jadav Payeng: One man makes a difference by planting a forest in India

Toward a greener India.

Life & Soul Magazine

Jadav Payeng has single-handedly been planting hundreds of trees on an Indian island threatened by erosion. He started in 1979 and today he has planted a forest larger than New York’s Central Park.

The native Majuli islander has dedicated his life to planting trees on the island, creating a forest that was left a barren wasteland after deforestation.

Majuli Island, nestled in Northeast India next to the Brahmaputra River, is a giant sandbar that happens to be the largest river island on Earth, home to some 150,000 people. It is now home to the 1,360 acre Molai Forest, one of the most unusual woodlands in the world for the fact that it was planted by a single man.

While home to such a large population, rapidly increasing erosion over the last 100 years has reduced the land mass of Majuli Island to less than half.

Jadav Payeng’s work has been credited with…

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