Rewilding The Barren: All About The Rajaji Raghati Biosphere

Located near Haridwar, the biosphere will be the first private forest near Rajaji Tiger Reserve, established to revive the native plants and create a space for a harmonised co-existence between nature and humans

A glimpse of Rajaji Raghati Biosphere, Uttarakhand Photo: rajaji.biosphere/Instagram

Stretching across the Rajaji Tiger Reserve lies the Rajaji Raghati Biosphere (RRB), a 35-acre private forest initiative led by ecologist Vijay Dhasmana and environmentalist Jai Dhar Gupta. The primary objective is to restore the natural habitat, promoting co-existence with the environment.

Dhasmana, renowned for restoring the Aravalli landscapes, emphasises active rewilding efforts in this endeavour. The focus of this agricultural land extends beyond combating climate change to establish a harmonious model of cohabitation. Their objectives encompass forest cultivation, protection, restoration of indigenous flora, ecological succession monitoring, climate research, and the establishment of carbon sinks. Furthermore, the initiative aims to create a native forest and a limited number of sustainable residences, exemplifying a symbiotic relationship between humans and nature.