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Trees for Communities

Khammam, Telangana

Available for Adoption upto: 22,500 Trees

Project Purpose
Trees for Rural Communities™

Location

The plantation project is implemented in the Kokkireni Village in Thirumalayapalem Mandal in Khammam district of Telangana.

Aim

Enhancement of

Biodiversity

Carbon Sequestration

Increase in

Green Cover

Generation of

Rural Employment

About the Project

 

Our ecosystem functions like a carefully woven web; organisms are dependent both on their environmental interactions with other living things as well as non-living factors. In a healthy ecosystem, multiple species of different types are able to meet their needs. However, due to large-scale deforestation and land degradation, we are disturbing this delicate thread of interconnectedness.

 

This tree plantation area in Kokkireni has been home to many indigenous plants and animal species. However, the absence of a well-defined and structured land use plan has inflicted significant damage upon the local biodiversity. The encroachment of human activities onto this land, primarily motivated by agricultural pursuits, has exerted considerable pressure on the native species, compelling them to seek alternative habitats.

 

For an ecosystem to function effectively, we need every organism to play their part. For instance, birds are essential to maintain a healthy agricultural landscape. Birds help farmers by preying over insect pests that attack their crops, as well as pollinate their flowers. Amongst these are birds like myna, babbler, woodpecker, barbet, munia, sparrows and drongos. Reptiles, insects and smaller mammals like civet cat, squirrel and hare are also victims of displacement. By expanding green cover and restoring biodiversity, we are not only creating space for these species to thrive but this will also lead to a healthier environment for the communities in the area. 

 

In addition to the environmental benefits, the tree plantation can provide an additional livelihood resource to the local villagers as well. This is crucial as the majority of the population in Kokkireni village are dependent on agriculture or labour work for their livelihoods.

 

Tree Species

 

The tree species selected for this tree plantation project are native to the area and hold not only ecological but also economic value.

 

Fruits of plants like Naval/Jamun (Syzygium cumini), Amla (Phyllanthus emblica), Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) can not only be consumed, but also commercially benefit the villagers.

 

Dirisens/Indian siris (Albizia lebbeck), Devakanchans/ Purple bauhinia (Bauhinia purpurea), Neem (Azadirachta indica) has medicinal properties and can be useful in treating various ailments.[1][2][3]

 

Kanuga/Pongame tree (Pongamia glabra) is a good source of bio-oil and has multiple commercial purposes[4] .

 

Social Impact

 

Due to limited employment opportunities, the majority of Kokkireni village's residents are compelled to seek labor opportunities in distant locations. Even those engaged in agricultural practices struggle to meet their basic needs. Hence, our online tree plantation activity plays a pivotal role in generating viable employment prospects for the local community, helping them make their ends meet. We also have an inclusive policy and work with women plantation workers as well, empowering them to play an active role in supporting their families. Moreover, the non-timber produce generated from these tree plantations will offer an essential supplementary source of livelihood for the villagers. This goes a long way towards the holistic well-being of the communities.

 

Adoption Summary

Name of the Company Number of Trees Planted Fiscal Year
Covalent Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. 7,500 2023-24

 


[1] Kumar, S., Kumar, R., Gupta, Y. K., & Singh, S. (2019). In vivo anti-arthritic activity of Bauhinia purpurea Linn. Bark Extract. Indian journal of pharmacology, 51(1), 25.

[2] Babu, N. P., Pandikumar, P., & Ignacimuthu, S. (2009). Anti-inflammatory activity of Albizia lebbeck Benth., an ethnomedicinal plant, in acute and chronic animal models of inflammation. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 125(2), 356-360.

[3] Islas, J. F., Acosta, E., Zuca, G., Delgado-Gallegos, J. L., Moreno-Treviño, M. G., Escalante, B., & Moreno-Cuevas, J. E. (2020). An overview of Neem (Azadirachta indica) and its potential impact on health. Journal of Functional Foods, 74, 104171.

[4] Kesari, V., & Rangan, L. (2010). Development of Pongamia pinnata as an alternative biofuel crop — current status and scope of plantations in India. Journal of Crop Science and Biotechnology, 13, 127-137.

 

 

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