Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1998
Doodhatolli Lok Vikash Sansthan
This description of Sachidanand Bharati's work was prepared when Sachidanand Bharati was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
Sachidanand Bharati, a key Chipko activist and environmental crusader, is organizing women into groups of green police, the Mahila Mangal Dals, to create and manage "forests of water" in the drought hit Himalayas. His water management system combines traditional methods found throughout India with new, homegrown techniques and aims to halt the famine and degradation of forest lands in the Himalayan region through locally initiated and managed conservation programs.
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