With a rapidly-growing population and increased pressure on land bases to provide for the needs of people, forests of India are vital resources for firewood, non-timber forest products (NTFP’s), and timber for national and international markets. ¬†Ecosystem services such as carbon storage, slope stability, and water retention are of inestimable importance to India’s economy.

The forests of India are also the home for many indigenous peoples, who have limited access to markets and resources to provide a living. Eco-development projects through the Indian Forest Service are important initiatives that are changing the empowerment and involvement of local people. Through our interviews with local tribespeople, we learn how eco-development projects are changing lives.

Our tour includes visits and discussions with:

  • Saini tribe (Himalayas, Uttarakhand, North India)
  • Dhanaulti Eco-Park (Himalayas, Uttarakhand, North India)
  • Mannan tribe (Cardamom Hills near Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala, South India)