In his interview given to Ms Pali Chandra, Mr Hari M. R. describes the circumstances that led Prof. (Dr) Akira Miyawaki to conceptualize the Miyawaki Model of Afforestation. As the son of farmers, he was interested in de-weeding and studied the subject at the university level. Eventually, he discovered the significance of indigenous plant species of each region because of their greater resistance to natural calamities. He himself planted 1,300 Miyawaki forests all over the globe, and his followers are also doing good work. The two major advantages of the Miyawaki Model are that one: it can be created in very small spaces, and two: in 30-40 years you can have a Miyawaki forest that is equivalent to a 100-year-old natural forest.