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Revegetating common lands in the periphery of Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park is located in Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla / Balaghat districts of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is spread over more than 940 sq. km. in a horseshoe shaped valley bound by the spurs of the Maikal range. The Park shelters one of the largest populations of tigers in the country (131 tigers as on June 2006) and is one of India's finest tiger reserves. A biodiversity-rich zone, it is also home to several other faunal species, of which certain are rare and to be found only in its vicinity. Over 200 species of birds have been spotted in the Park.

FES works in 20 villages around the periphery of the Park. In order to reduce man-animal conflict and avoid human exploitation of the buffer zone areas of the National Park, afforestation in the periphery areas is critical. Regenerating these areas and increasing the productivity of the land would be effective in alleviating poverty and strengthening the local rural livelihoods, thereby reducing biotic pressure on the Park and protecting its rich biodiversity.

This project involves planting 50,000 trees in the periphery of Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh. The efforts at afforestation are being supported by Grow-Trees.

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