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Trees For Black Tigers

Odisha, India

Target Completed
Project Purpose
Trees for Forests™ & Wildlife

Location

The plantation is being implemented in Deogan village in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. 

Aim

Enhancement of

Biodiversity

Carbon Sequestration

Groundwater

Recharge

Increase in

Green Cover

Reduction of

Man-Animal Conflict

Generation of

Rural Employment

Improvement of

Wildlife Habitats

About the Project

The black or pseudo-melanistic tigers are a rare find and have only been seen in Odisha’s Simlipal National Park so far. The planting site comes under the periphery of the Similipal area.

Pseudo-melanistic tigers have a distinctive genetic variant that occurs spontaneously in nature. One of the main causes of the decline in the Black tiger population is habitat fragmentation. It takes place when the local population takes over certain parts of the forest to meet their basic needs for food, fuel, and fodder. The use of forest produce for subsistence has resulted in forest patches that are disconnected from each other. The problems are being made worse by the climate crisis, which is having an effect on the region's water supply due to high temperatures and erratic rainfall.

The initiative comprises of planting trees in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha to restore the black tiger's habitat, lessen the effects of climate change, and provide jobs for rural populations. The majority of the local population in the region is engaged in agriculture. The proposed plantation would serve as a source of income by giving locals jobs through a variety of plantation activities.

Why Trees for this Project?

-According to an article by The Better India, “Found only in Odisha, the numbers of the black tiger do not look too good. Back in 2006, the state housed about 45, and in 2015, the count was down to 28.”

-An article on ‘The Problem of Fragmentation’ states that “climate change is forcing certain species to migrate. If their natural habitat is too fragmented, many might not be able to move, and they will be at risk of extinction. This again highlights the importance of a connected landscape.”

-WWF says that “To save tigers, we need to secure forest and grassland habitats across Asia where they live. By protecting large, biologically diverse landscapes, we allow tigers to roam and preserve the many other threatened species that live there. To protect just one tiger, we have to conserve an estimated 10,000 hectares of forest.”

Tree Species

Our approach to tree planting involves selecting species that are perfectly suited to the local environment of our planting sites, thereby creating a thriving ecosystem that can flourish and sustain itself. 

The project involves the plantation of Teak (Tectona grandis), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo), Mahua (Madhuca longifolia), Indian cotton silk tree (Bombax ceiba) and Kendu (Diospyros melanoxylon). Teak, Neem and Shisham are hardwood trees and are extensively used in making furniture. Neem and Kendu are also planted for their medicinal properties. The Indian cotton silk tree is planted for its ornamental value and commercial purposes; it is a great source of fiber. The cotton-like substance is usually used for stuffing pillows. 

Making a Difference - The Impact of Your Support

Planting of trees offers numerous benefits that span across multiple aspects.*

Restore Tiger Habitat
Tree plantation creates a denser patch around Simlipal National Park. The chosen species will contribute to the development of appropriate habitats for faunal species because of their ecological importance. Protecting tiger habitat means protecting the habitat of many other species.

Generating Employment
Our project generates employment opportunities for the local communities since we are committed to working closely with them at our planting sites. They are involved in preparing the saplings in the nursery, transportation of the saplings, plantation and maintenance. 

The local communities can also earn additional income from the plantation produce, in this case, they can supplement their income from timber and fruits once the tree matures. 

Employment for Women
Many women workers plant trees for our projects. Inclusivity is a key commitment of our tree plantation projects. 

Recharge Groundwater
By planting trees, we can help regulate the natural water cycle and improve water quality. This will benefit both the local population and the elephants.

Groundwater recharge happens when water from rainfall and other sources soaks into the ground and refills underground water sources. This is important in making sure we have enough water for drinking, agriculture and other uses. 

Improve Soil Quality
Trees help to reduce soil erosion and improve the overall soil quality. This helps increase the agricultural productivity of the local farmers. 

Reduce Human-Wildlife Conflict
Since the plantation helps the sustenance of the local communities; they can collect fodder, fuelwood, and fruits from the plantation site, a marked reduction in human-wildlife conflict is expected. Carbon sequestration
Trees do an excellent job absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. A mature tree can absorb up to 20 kg of CO2 each year. Trees keep the temperature cool and reduce atmospheric stressors.

*The environmental benefits of the trees reach their full potential as they mature.

 

Adoption Summary

Name of the Company Number of Trees Planted Fiscal Year
TREE-NATION 1,50,000 2023-24

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