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Trees for Villagers™

Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Project Purpose
Trees for Rural Communities™

Location

Planting of 30,000 saplings in the community lands of Saragundlapalle, Kothamiddi, Dhaniyanicheruvu of Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Aim

Enhancement of

Biodiversity

Increase in

Green Cover

Generation of

Rural Employment

Conservation of

Water Table

Improvement of

Wildlife Habitats

Why trees?
The state faces bouts of forest fires, that severely hampers the growth of new trees, changes the nutrient composition of the soil, delays the establishment of a new crop and triggers soil erosion, according to the Andhra Pradesh State Forest Report, 2012 by the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department.  Thinning forests increases the chance of fire by reducing the green cover and facilitating the flow of breeze. Also, it leaves flammable debris (Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project, 1996). As the population around the forest grows, the resources become more and more scarce, thus forcing the community to venture deeper inside the forest, in search of livelihood sources resulting in man-animal conflict. The March 19, 2018 issue of the Hindu reported an attack on a 60-year-old man while collecting fodder from the forest. Another report of 18th June 2017 mentioned an attack by a wild boar on a 30-year-old man, when he went hunting. The trees provide great returns in the form of NTFPs that provide livelihood opportunities to the people. The wildlife native to that area also benefits from the trees, as they contribute to their habitat. 

Social Impact
The impact of the project has been widely noticed in increasing the green cover of the area. The tree species planted are rich sources of Non-Timber Forest Products, especially from the trees like teak, gum Arabic, neem, kassod along with the fruit bearing trees of tamarind, custard apple and plum. The community receives great returns from these trees both for their personal use as well as in the form of livelihood. The trees planted in the public land will prevent the people from venturing into the forest thus preventing them from wild animal attacks. At the same time more number of trees will mean lesser pressure on the existing trees for NTFPs. Most importantly the density of the trees will help in curbing the number of forest fires (increased tree density will reduce wind speeds thereby slowing down the rate at which forest fires spread) preventing damage to trees as well as the secondary damage like soil erosion caused to the soil.   

Adoption Summary:

Name of the Company Number of Trees Adopted Year
SBI Life Insurance 20,000 trees FY 2016-17

 

Tree Species
  • Teak
    Common Name
    Teak

    Botanical Name
    Tectona grandis
  • Neem
    Common Name
    Neem

    Botanical Name
    Azadirachta indica
  • Karanj
    Common Name
    Karanj

    Botanical Name
    Pongamia pinnata
  • Custard Apple
    Common Name
    Custard Apple

    Botanical Name
    Annona squamosa
  • Fig
    Common Name
    Fig

    Botanical Name
    Ficus racemosa
  • Kassod
    Common Name
    Kassod

    Botanical Name
    Siamese cassia
  • Kassod
    Common Name
    Kassod

    Botanical Name
    Senna siamea
  • Indian Plum
    Common Name
    Indian Plum

    Botanical Name
    Ziziphus jujuba
  • Wild Tamarind
    Common Name
    Wild Tamarind

    Botanical Name
    Leucaena leucocephala
Target Completed


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