Assam: ‘Forest Man’ signs pact with Mexican NGO for ecological preservation

The agreement has been signed during the Ciudad de las Ideas (CDI).
Assam: ‘Forest Man’ signs pact with Mexican NGO for ecological preservation

GUWAHATI:

‘Forest Man of India’ Jadav Payeng has signed an agreement with Fundación Azteca, a Mexican non-profit organisation for collaborative work on environment during the Ciudad de las Ideas (CDI) at Puebla City, official sources informed on December 9.

The agreement has been signed during the Ciudad de las Ideas (CDI) at Puebla City with former Mexican Senator Ninfa Salinas Sada of Grupo Salinas, in the presence of CDI founder and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Social Change and the Free Flow of Knowledge Dr Andrés Roemer and naturalist Rituraj Phukan.

CDI is an “International Festival of Brilliant Minds”, a celebration of creativity and curiosity, that takes place in Puebla, Mexico.

Honoured with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2015, Payeng from Majuli in Upper Assam, had transformed a barren sandbar of the Brahmaputra river into a 550-hectare forest by planting trees, all by himself.

The South American country was honoured to host “extraordinary environmental activist from India, Jadav Payeng, in CDI. He planted the entire forest - 40 million trees - with his own hands,” stated the official Twitter page of the Embassy of Mexico in India.

“An alliance with Fundacion Azteca would lead to advance new tree planting in Mexico,” it posted.

Founded in 1997 and owned by Grupo Salinas, Fundacion Azteca promotes social responsibility.

(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)

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