What We Do
What We Do
NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT
Disha To Environmnet
Forest has no boundaries; we may not be concerned about the borders & geography of many countries especially if they are not sharing the borders with our Nation. But all ofus should be concerned about the forest areas of every Nation because Ecosystem is universal and impacts the earth in total, not limited to one country.
Our future lies in these forests where our roots originally had been… Vasudhaiva kutumbakam (Vasudha = Earth, eva = Indeed, kutumbakam = family) Earth indeed is one family ….
Karnataka has forest cover of ~20% of its geographical area, which is around the same as the country’s average forest cover. Only 3.3% of the total area is identified as protected area.
Though protected forest cover is sparse, importance of the same can never be undermined. Forests are very important habitats of this planet, and have a huge role to play in producing important natural resources like fresh air & water and also preserving the rich soil from erosion.
In-spite-of the important role they play, often forests receive meager attention for their protection, management, conservation and improvement. State government’s Forest Department holds the responsibility of managing the forests, however the investments made towards the same is highly inadequate.
Ground level staff of Forest Department is often plagued with issues like under staffing and deprived of any niche training, posted in difficult terrains (deep inside the jungles), away from their homes and deprived of all the facilities which one would normally have. They are under paid and usually over aged.
They are also often constrained by lack of adequate infrastructure, vehicles, buildings, weapons and facilities.
Families of staff of Forest Department also have no option, but to live in remote locations which have very little medical facilities and education options for their children.
Approximately 200 ground level staff works at Bhadra Tiger Reserve, who are living in these circumstances, silently working for all of us who enjoy every amenities offered to us without even realizing let alone acknowledging the forest and its ground level workers….