How the world's first humanmade forest is being sustained by an indigenous community in Assam despite a range of threats
Ahour drive from Jorhat town in Assam takes HALF AN you to the sleepy village called Kokilamukh.Nestled on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra,the village functions as the access point to people living in the middle of the river on sandbars, or saporis as the Assamese call them.A half an hour bhut-bhuti (or crude steamer) ride from the banks of Kokilamukh village leads to one of the biggest sandbars called Aruna sapori. The “riverscape”is punctuated by several sandbars with wild vegetation and foliage, but largely uninhabited. Aruna sapori lies between the mainland and one of the largest river islands in the world, Majuli.
Aruna sapori captured popular imagination of nature lovers and the global media recently because of Mulai Kathoni or Mulai’s Forest.Mulai Kathoni is often regarded as the world’s only humanmade forest created by Jadav Payeng,a local resident.Way back in