A number of local businesses are partnering with the governement of Madhya Pradesh and the United Nations’ Environment Program to plant thousands of trees throughout the state in one of India’s largest-ever reforestation projects.
The project calls for 300,000 new trees to be planted over the course of the next three years to increase the total forest cover between Kanha Nationial Park and Pench National Park in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The project will link the two national parks, some 70 miles away from each other using the local highways, with an unbroken chain of protected forest officials hope will enlarge wildlife populations.
“This project also hugely focuses on encouraging tiger breeding and movement in the Kanha-Pench corridor,” a local business leader working with the project recently told the Times of India.
The reforestation project hopes to create new habitats to encourage growth in the national parks’ tiger populations.