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A women’s squad in Odisha defends its forest for 20 years

Updated : March 21, 2019 04:44 PM IST

A women’s group in Odisha has been guarding a forest for close to 20 years in the aftermath of the devastating 1999 supercyclone.
The women have a system of rotational patrolling to guard the mangrove and casuarina forest from potential timber smugglers and woodcutters.
A 2019 study by Jadavpur University researchers highlights that in coastal Odisha districts, the risk of severe cyclones ranks above heavy floods.
A women’s squad in Odisha defends its forest for 20 years

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