Forests of Life


Interesting biographies and interactions with people shaping the ecosystem, Forests of Life festival buzz, and more

Anurag Behar, CEO, Azim Premji Foundation, talks about the critical importance of climate change communication in raising awareness, mobilising action, and shaping public and political attitudes towards the pressing issue of climate change. Climate change affects us all, and understanding its significance is the first step towards meaningful action. He also talks about the importance of public outreach through programmes like Forests of Life, Rivers of Life and Mountains of Life.

#forestsoflife Diaries

Through Forests of Life, a climate festival that celebrates the joy of nature, we engaged intensively with children and young adults, beginning a new collective exploration together. Click here to experience our journey through different voices.

Guardians of the Forests

Featuring interactions with people who are saving our forests

Interaction with Rajnish K Singh, Deputy Director, Pench Tiger Reserve

Interaction with Dhammshil Ganvir, Director, Kanger Valley National Park, Chattisgarh

Interaction with Ruchi Badola, Registrar, Wildlife Institute of India

Ruchi Badola is a professor and scientist at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun in the Department of Eco-development Planning and Participatory Management. Ruchi specialises in community participation in biodiversity conservation, ecological economics, assessment of ecosystem services, sustainable livelihood, and gender issues in conservation.

Ruchi also plays a phenomenal role in developing and implementing training programmes to build the skills of state forest departments and other stakeholders. She leads the Pravasi Ganga Prahari” which is a platform for global citizens to contribute towards Ganga Cleanliness and Rejuvenation under National Mission for Clean Ganga vision.

Message on World Mangrove Day” | SV Ramarao, APCCF, Mangrove Cell

On the occasion of World Mangrove Day, SV Ramarao, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Mangrove Cell and Executive Director, Mangrove Foundation, shares his message for the protection and preservation of mangrove ecosystem.

Interaction with Renu Singh, Director, Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun

Renu Singh is an officer of the Indian Forest Service of the 1990 batch, belonging to Madhya Pradesh cadre. She has joined as Director, FRI

She is well-read and has a bouquet of higher educational qualification to her credit. She holds an MSc degree in Botany and Forestry as well as M Phil in Botany from Meerut University, Meerut. 

She was awarded PhD on Gender, Participation and community forestry: The case of joint forest management in Madhya Pradesh, by the University of Wales, United Kingdom. Before joining FRI as Director, she was working as Additional Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Forest Development Corporation at Bhopal and has wide experience of working in various capacities in Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Renu Singh has an extensive experience in Forest Policy, Forest Management and Research issues. She has special interest in gender and development, climate change adaptation and mitigation issues in the forestry sector. 

She has participated and represented various biodiversity, forest and climate change-related issues in international conventions like United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

As a field practitioner, she has vast experience in implementing joint forest management practices involving rural communities and addressing their livelihood-related needs from the forest while working in Madhya Pradesh Forest Department.


Featuring biographies of people shaping the ecological space

Interaction with Chandi Prasad Bhatt 

In an exclusive interaction for Forests of Life, CP Bhatt talks about his love for nature, forests and trees. 

Chandi Prasad Bhatt is an Indian environmentalist and social activist known for his contributions to the Chipko movement. He was born on 23 June 1934, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. The Chipko movement, also known as the Chipko Andolan, was a grassroots environmental movement in the 1970s that aimed to protect forests from deforestation.

CP Bhatt (as he is popularly known) played a significant role in organising and mobilising the local communities, especially women, to protect the forests in the Himalayan region. The movement was named Chipko” because the participants hugged the trees to prevent them from being cut down by loggers.

CP Bhatt’s efforts in the Chipko movement brought attention to the importance of forests and the rights of local communities in natural resource management. The movement also highlighted the need for sustainable development and the protection of the environment.

For his contributions to environmental conservation and social activism, Chandi Prasad Bhatt was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1982 and the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian awards, in 2005. He continues to be involved in environmental issues and social causes in Uttarakhand.

Interaction with Ruskin Bond, Author

In an exclusive interaction for #ForestsofLife, Ruskin Bond talks about his love for nature, forests and trees.

Ruskin Bond on Forests and Nature

Ruskin Bond on Flora and Fauna

Ruskin Bond on Writing

Ruskin Bond is a renowned Indian author of British descent, known for his works of fiction and non-fiction in English. Born on May 19, 1934, in Kasauli, Punjab (now in Himachal Pradesh), Bond spent his childhood in different parts of India due to his father’s job in the Royal Air Force.

His writing often explores themes of love, loss, nature, and the complexities of human relationships. His love for nature is evident in many of his works, where he describes the beauty of the mountains, forests, and rivers of India.

He has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Shri, and the Padma Bhushan.