From the beginning…
Welcome! My name is Melissa Lesh, the founder and organizer of the Jungle Water Project.
For the past five years I have been exploring the tropical ecosystems of South India, the Western Ghats, a 990-mile World Heritage Site hugging the Arabian Sea. As a portal for the southwest seasonal monsoons, this range is one of the eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity in the world.
Sharpening the focus, we see the region of Kodagu, also known as Coorg to the native Kodavas. Most popular for winding coffee plantations and fragrant cardamom, the forests still standing support wild elephants, sambar deer, tigers, leopards, grey hornbills, river otters, civet cats, cobras, a miraculous array of insects, and most importantly fresh water. As divine as it may be, these ecosystems are crippling under the pressures of population growth, industrialization, pollution, and energy demands.
The Jungle Water Project is an informative approach through documentary film that captures the Kodagu District, the diverse richness of wildlife, the pressures, the urban water scarcity, and ultimately the future of the region.
I look forward to sharing this journey with you!