If local communities are to take care of the forests and wildlife they live with, they need to develop a sense of responsibility as their custodians. This is possible if they feel empowered in the first place.
Being economically disadvantaged, falling below the poverty line and lacking access to modern resources, tribal villagers on the fringe of the Pench reserve are unable to raise themselves out of their poverty cycle.
Change is needed across several aspects of their lives.
CWT in conjunction with The Tata Institute of Social Sciences conducted a needs-based assessment with an aim to identify areas for entry-level interventions.
We established three interventions, ie education, health and livelihood, to begin with.
Economic Upliftment of forest fringe communities translates into a host of conversation benefits for the Forest.