Green wall of Bikaner: Professor plants trees to prevent desertification

In the last 15 years, Professor Jyani has used his own funding to plant over million trees in Western Rajasthan

plantation drive in Bikaner

Plantation drive in Bikaner involving local schools | Photo: Dev Chatterjee

Dev Chatterjee Mumbai
A patch of land in Rajasthan's Thar desert is gradually converting into a green wall, preventing the desert from expanding further south. 

Shyam Sunder Jyani, Associate Professor of sociology of Bikaner's Dungar college can be accredited for this. For a clearer picture on growth of greenery aroud Bikaner, one has to click on the Google earth around Bikaner in Rajasthan and compare it with older satellite pictures.

In the last 15 years, Jyani channeled his own funding and passion to plant over a million trees in western Rajasthan. Using his sociology background, he involved common people to bring this change. He uses the technique of 'familial forestry' which means growing forest as part of own family to achieve this feat.

First Published: Jan 24 2020 | 5:53 PM IST

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