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Trees for Tigers, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan, India

Available for Adoption: 49,973 Trees

50,000 Trees Adopted by Croma

Project Purpose
Trees for Forests & Wildlife

Location
Plantation of 350,000 trees in a cluster of 300 hamlets located at the Periphery of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar, Rajasthan, India.

Aim

  • Restoring the natural habitat of the tigers.
  • Providing alternative livelihood opportunities to the local community to prevent them from poaching, illegal mining, etc.
  • Spreading awareness within the community on the importance of wildlife conservation by ensuring their participation in the plantation process.
  • Community empowerment by providing a sustainable income source through Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP).


WHY TREES?
The area around the Sariska Reserve is rich in mineral reserves and thus illegal mining have been continued in spite of the ban on such activities, which has proved to be a major threat to the endemic tiger population (TNN, 2003). Abhishek Harihar, a tiger scientist for Panthera, a global wild cat conservation organization, states that poaching and infrastructure development act as the greatest threat to our forests and wildlife.  Humongous conservation efforts are failing due to the prevalence of poaching.

(Venkat, 2016)points to the importance of tiger conservation due to their ecological value as well as their economic value. They form a very important part of the cultural heritage of India. Their habitat in the dry deciduous forests of Rajasthan enables them to hunt, reproduce, and camouflage from potential threats. The consequences of habitat loss to tigers, as said by (al, 2016) has been addressed here, and their requirement is mentioned by (Meyer, 2013). Thus trees are essential to tiger conservation.
 
Trees are also essential to the rural communities, for their survival, as well as their economy. The importance is spoken about by (Pant, 1980), that includes providing firewood as well as mitigating against flood and disasters. A cost-benefit analysis is provided by (al., 2016) of the illegal wildlife trade, stating the importance of protecting wildlife and their habitat for the benefit of rural communities as well.

Flora
The tree species planted here include Indian plum(Ziziphus mauritiana), neem(Azadirachta indica), salai(Boswellia serrata), sahajan(Moringa oleifera), sasbania spp.(Sesbania grandiflora), babul(Vachellia nilotica), sheesham(Dalbergia sissoo), lemon(Citrus limon), papaya(Carica papaya), aonla(Phyllanthus emblica).

 Fauna

Some of the wildlife found in the Sariska Tiger Reserve includes the tiger, leopard, hyena, jungle cat, wild dog, chinkara (Indian gazelle), chital, sambar, nilgai, common langur, wild boar, small Indian civet, palm civet, giant fruit bat, porcupine, sloth bear, common cobra, marsh crocodile, Asian rock python, rat snake, soft-shelled turtle, crested serpent eagle, black-rumped flameback, great Indian horned owl, yellow-footed green pigeon, grey francolin, painted stork, ibis, pheasant-tailed jacana, pied kingfisher, white-throated kingfisher, quail, red-wattled lapwing and the ring dove.
 
Social Impact:
The communities have together participated in all activities that are imperative for the rejuvenation of the lands and wildlife such as planting trees, setting up a seed bank, building and maintaining ponds, water harvesting. Many local species which include fruit trees and medicinal plants have been reintroduced in the areas and people are encouraged to use these resources judiciously, a step that will help preserve the biodiversity of the area and enable the local community to utilize the forest produce to generate revenue.

Due to the project, 24,558 workdays of jobs mainly in the nursery raising and planting activities have been created. Major beneficiaries of such employment opportunities are rural women who gain an additional source of income from these activities. Fully mature trees are already providing the communities with various forest resources. According to the forest department, the tigers ST6 and T10 have been sighted in the project area along with an increase in the peacock and deer population due to the restoration of their habitat. Enhancing and strengthening faunal diversity will be contributed to the inflow of tourists in the area boosting nature-based tourism.

The lack of tree cover in Rajasthan makes certain sections of the state prone to flooding from moderate to heavy rainfall as seen in the flash floods in Alwar in the year 2005 (TNN, 6 dead in Alwar flash floods, 2005). Trees intercept rainfall, reducing the erosive effect of the rainwater on soil and slowing down the accumulation of water in low lying areas. Loss due to landslides and soil erosion is triggered by the floods (Bengwayan, 2018). The trees planted thus not only contribute to the conservation of wildlife, but also provide safety against natural disasters.

Adoption Summary:

Name of the Company Number of Trees Adopted Year
Hero Moto Corp 15,000 trees FY 2017-18
Ingenico Group 15,000 trees FY 2017-18
TATA Capital 50,000 trees FY 2016-17
TATA Capital 50,000 trees FY 2015-16

 



PlantedRemainingTarget
350,02749,973400,000

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