A Forest of Opportunities

November 2013

The video shows how with support from the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Global Environment Facility, UNDP is promoting protection, cultivation and use of bamboo in Madhya Pradesh. Implemented in the districts of Betul, Chhindwara, Umaria, Siddhi, Singrauli, the project has increased the incomes of 800 families that treat nearly 14,500 hectares of degraded bamboo forests. Greater community efforts and involvement has also improved protection and management of forests. Construction of micro check dams in the forests of Chhindwara has recharged groundwater and improved soil moisture of the area.

Projects and Initiatives
Integrated Land and Ecosystem Management to Combat Land Degradation and Deforestation in Madhya Pradesh

Despite watershed development over the last decade, unsustainable land management practices have been both cause and consequence of the livelihoods’ crisis of tribal and rural communities in Madhya Pradesh. The project, in partnership with the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, aims to remove barriers to promoting sustainable rural livelihoods, and provide a broader range of livelihood options for the tribal/rural poor.

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