Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Back Ground / Significance of this celebration
We are blessed to be part of this wonderful land - Assam. It is truly matchless with its rich biodiversity and soothing ecosystem. Considering the challenging times of Climate Change, we all need to act to conserve this serene ecosystem.As per the Forest Survey of India (FSI) reports itself, Assam has lost 3085 sq.km of forest in last 28 years. In between 2013 to 2015, it lost 48 sq.km of forest. Our average is 110 sq.km forest cover loss in an year!! Reasons attributed are Population growth, Large scale encroachments, National High Way construction, Biotic Pressure and Erosion. People in return kill the wildlife entering into their residential areas for food / water and complain of animal menace such as monkey menace..!!
We have our friend Padma Shree Jadav Payeng, who is known as "The Forest Man of India" with indigenous knowledge. He is educating the world about the importance of forests for humans and wildlife. Visiting many colleges across India, he is igniting young minds to biodiversity conservation and plantation.
What is our request
We request the people of Assam / concerned citizens of this planet, to come forward - to prove our commitment towards the nature and set a conservation example for the world. Let us join hands to celebrate this "Vruksha Ropan Bihu" - A festival for planting trees and conserving nature.
You can assist your local plantation teams in various forms:
Vruksha Ropan bihu is an Eco-Cultural festival for promoting a "Green Assam Initiative". This is to sensitize and mobilize citizens to act for the climate change mitigation along side of Bihu celebrations.
How this festival to be celebrated?
Why should I / we do it?
This plantation will be an example not only for Assam but for India & World. This plantation will grow with you all and expected to return the favors in terms of shade, fruits to your kids / next generation, fuel for the household, fodder for your cattle and creates an ecosystem for the birds and wildlife.
How this festival is relevant to Bihu?
We expect your sincere 'PARTICIPATION IN THE PLANTATION'. We invite you all to register with us and let us know what you needed to work with us during this wonderful celebration.
We anticipate each house to participate in this plantation festival and nominate one person minimum to plant five saplings each and commit for guarding and raising plantation as a collective effort to balance the damage caused to the ecosystem.Please help us make this a successful launch and make "Vruksha Ropan Bihu" - the plantation festival of Assam : April 22 (Earth Day) to June 5 (Environment Day) Inviting volunteers from every district of Assam to join us and lead in your district
What is stopping us from making a Green Assam / India / Planet?
This is a Green Assam Initiative (GAI)