Ujiyaro Bai, a tribal woman from Pondi village in Madhya Pradesh will be addressing the UN World Forestry Congress in South Africa. Ujiyaro has been the force behind leading a movement against tree logging in MP since the past 7 years. Here’s more.
Ujiyaro Bai, a tribal woman from Madhya Pradesh has spent several years working for the conservation of forests in the state. She has been leading the residents of Pondi village, inspiring them to do their bit in making sure that the green covers around them do not recede.
And finally her hard work is getting the recognition it deserves. Ujiyaro has been invited to attend the World Forestry Congress (WFC) to be held from September 7 to 11 in Durban, South Africa.
Ujiyaro, who belongs to the Baiga tribe, started her fight to save forests, seven years back. This was after she saw markings on some trees during her regular visit to the village for collecting leaves. Disturbed by the fact that the trees will be logged, she waited at the location and raised an alarm when some contractors started logging. She called in all the villagers. Since then she has dedicated her life to preserve the natural forests around the Baiga Chakka belt.
Her efforts soon picked up pace when other women got inspired by her work and started an awareness drive to save the trees and warn people about forest fires.
The 2015 WFC will bring many foresters and forest supporters together from around the world, and Ujiyaro will get a chance to share her views with them. The theme this year is Forest and People which will focus on “investing in a Sustainable Future”. Here’s more about the event.
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