Entire Indian village relocates so nature can move in

Article by Annali Smith
Online Editor

The village of Ramdegi, India had been a busy farming community until very recently - the village used to be in India’s Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, now the streets are bustling with a different kind of activity.

What made the villagers decide to move out of what was once their home? 

The Indian government has been encouraging communities which are situated in or close to nature reserves to relocate in an effort to reduce conflict between the human element and nature.

The community was offered an incentive package and last month the nearly 200 families moved out of the town so that it can be reclaimed by the surrounding biodiversity.

Nature took its course and a mere four weeks later the town now has herds of bison, deer, antelope and boars as residents. The animals graze on new meadows which formerly were cropland and cattle farms.

Without the human element, even predators have returned to Ramdegi. The Times of India has reported that even a tiger has been spotted prowling around, free from fighting a losing battle with the villagers who drove the tigers to endangered status.

Ramdegi is not the only village to move out in order to help restore the once abundant biodiversity of the Indian landscape. Across India, nearly a hundred communities have already voluntarily relocated, and it seems like this trend is likely to continue in the foreseeable future.

In the greater scheme of things, allowing nature to take back once heavily burdened land, doesn’t seem like a huge step forward - however, it is a step in the right direction if we have any hope of fighting climate change and the extinction of majestic animals.

(Via: A Beautiful Lie Organisation)

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