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Dear Bremley,
Indeed a good opportunity to connect with you and Sai. Welcome Sai to our project location and also thanks for your first impressions on our work.

Dear Bremley & Sai Kishore,
It is indeed a good choice of the location, for the eastern ghats are not getting the required protection and I appreciate your initiative. Eastern ghats also host a range of species as explained in the string of discussions in this group.
While this is a good initiative, I have few points to make-
1. The two years time frame is too short for the regeneration of the degraded areas
2, Core tribal areas like Araku Valley are getting good support from the local governance called ITDA (Integrated Tribal Development Agency) while the fringe areas and sub tribal areas are negelected both by the ITDA and other district administration, thus making them at dual disadvantageous. So more and urgent work has to be initiated in the fringe areas (between tribal and non tribal areas in the district).
3. I suggest a planned intervention in the form of planting of diverse local species of plants helps in quick regeneration. The selection of the species is also done in such a way that the fruits be either nutritious or economically remunerative. Then only we can make the local people also to involve more actively in the quick regeneration of the degraded areas.
4. While the ESMP etc are globally traded and valued, livelihoods can be improved and sustained through participatory planning with the local communities.