Forest Man of India; proof that one person can make a difference

Jadav Payeng lives on the island of Majuli, in the state of Assam which is in the World's largest river. It's very susceptible to soil erosion and in 1979 after a terrible year of flooding, Jadav took matters into his own hands. 

In 1979, Jadav decided to reclaim his home island in the mighty Brahmaputra river and plant a sapling in the barren soil every day. In the last 39 years, his woodland has grown to 550 hectares (New York's Central Park is 341 hectares). 

"This place is full of trees, I have planted everything myself"  

When the forest began to grow, elephants, Bengal tigers and rhinos made it their home for several months of the year. 

First with bamboo trees, then with cotton trees, Jadav kept planting. 

"It's not as if I did it alone. You plant one or two trees, and they have to seed. And once they seed, the wind knows how to plant them, the birds here know how to sow them, cows know, elephants know, even the Brahmaputra river knows. The entire ecosystem knows."