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Trees for Villagers™

Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Available for Adoption upto: 12,500 Trees

Project Purpose
Trees for Rural Communities™

Location

This project supports the plantation of 15,000 trees in Laxmipuram village, located in Laveru Mandal of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Aim

Carbon Sequestration

Groundwater

Recharge

Increase in

Green Cover

Generation of

Rural Employment

Control Soil Erosion

About the Project

 

Research conducted by Economic and Political Weekly suggests that several villages in Andhra Pradesh, including Laxmipuram, grapple with poverty exacerbated by the persistent drought in the region.[1] Employment opportunities are scarce in these villages, compelling residents to depend on daily wages for their survival. In our concerted effort to alleviate these challenges, our plantation initiative aims to generate approximately 1,200 workday opportunities, thereby providing meaningful support to the villagers.

 

The International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) underscores in its Global Assessment Report that planting trees not only contributes to ecosystem services for crop production but also plays a key role in fostering nutritionally-balanced diets.[2]

 

The proposed planting site is teeming with biodiversity, particularly an abundance of bird species such as Myna, Babbler, Woodpecker, Barbet, Munia, Sparrow, and Drongo. Additionally, numerous water birds contribute to the rich ecological tapestry of the area. The site is also home to various reptiles, insects, and smaller mammals, such as Civet cat, Squirrel, Hare and more. This diverse ecosystem underscores the importance of our plantation project in preserving and enhancing the natural habitat for these varied species.

 

Tree Species

 

In this tree plantation initiative, local species have been carefully selected based on the value they provide. Neem (Azadirachta indica), Ponngam – Kanuga (Pongamia pinnata), and Indian tulip – Gangaraavi (Thespesia populnea) have medicinal properties, and Jamun – Neredu (Syzygium cumini) provides fruits for sustenance.

 

Social Impact

 

As mentioned above, we have created employment opportunities for the villagers of Laxmipuram by involving them in our planting process. We also encourage women to participate in our projects, enabling them to actively contribute to their household incomes through the workdays generated. The NTFPs from the forest will also help generate additional income as well as food for the rural communities.

 

Our project is designed to address the recurring issue of animal roadkill accidents caused by insufficient vegetation cover. By planting trees and enhancing greenery, we aim to reduce such incidents and create a healthier habitat for these creatures.

 

Planting trees plays a crucial role in maintaining the delicate ecological balance by purifying the air, preventing soil erosion, and providing valuable nutrients to the soil. Additionally, they offer medicinal benefits, adding to the overall well-being of the environment.

 

As our trees mature, their environmental impact becomes increasingly significant. Each tree has the capacity to absorb approximately 20kg of CO2 per year, a conservative estimate recognised globally for its sequestration potential.

 

[1] Krishna, A., Mahesh Kapila, Sharad Pathak, Mahendra Porwal, Kiranpal Singh, & Virpal Singh. (2004). Falling into Poverty in Villages of Andhra Pradesh: Why Poverty Avoidance Policies Are Needed. Economic and Political Weekly, 39(29), 3249–3256.

[2] Vira, B., Wildburger, C., & Mansourian, S. (2015). Forests, trees and landscapes for food security and nutrition: a global assessment report. IUFRO world series, 33.

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