Under a new initiative, families across Assam, India, are weaving and restoring forests to boost their incomes in a region hit by frequent floods, low farm yields, and unemployment. This initiative brings together families from across the region to fight both climate change and human trafficking, major problems in an area hit by frequent floods, poor farm yields and unemployment. “The economy in these regions is intrinsically linked to the ecology and the income is being generated by nurturing the ecosystem. Increased green cover assists in sequestering carbon, reducing soil erosion, and reducing unsafe forms of migration,” said Saurav Malhotra, co-founder of Rural Futures, one of the partners in this venture. The model being employed here is being considered as a way to address similar challenges in Africa and Latin America.

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