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A Tribal Woman from
MP has been Saving Forests
since 7 Years...
Ujiyaro bai, a tribal woman from Madhya Pradesh (Central India) 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 was invited to attend the World Forestry Congress (WFC) from September 7 to 11 in Durban, South Africa.
Ujiyaro bai
Bai is credited with being the driving force behind the group of villagers that have helped conserve the forest and natural habitat near Pondi, about 30 km from Dindori district headquarters.

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.

Baiga is primitive tribe of central India and about 65% of its population reside in six districts of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, mostly Dindori and Umaria. Pondi village too falls under the Baiga-Chak Belt (BCB). The Baigas mostly produce millets like kodo and kutki, as well as some other cereals.

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.
 
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