The forest men
Jadav Payeng is an environmental activist and forest conservationist from the Indian state of Assam.
He is also known as "Forest Man" for his work in creating a vast forest on Majuli Island in the Brahmaputra River.
Payeng started planting trees on a barren sandbar in the Brahmaputra River in 1979 when he was 16 years old.
He has worked for several decades to create a self-sustaining forest spanning over 1,360 acres.
His work has transformed the once-barren land into a thriving ecosystem that is home to countless plant and animal species, including elephants, tigers, and rhinoceroses.
Payeng has received several awards and honors for his work, including the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honors.