Trees for Water

Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India

40,000 Trees Adopted by DCB BANK for the FY 2019-20

Project Purpose
Trees for Water

Location
The project is located in the villages of Dharukhedi, Kashipura, Raamjipura, Barudmall, Chhipipura and Shahpura, Khandwa district situated in Madhya Pradesh.

Aim

  • Revive the Narmada river, that forms the lifeline for the people of the area.
  • Develop quality of the soil and moisture holding capacity of the air.
  • Protect marine life that supports the livelihood of the people and forms an important part of the biodiversity of the area.
  • Protect the local community from the devastating effects of disasters.
  • Provide the local community with Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) as an important source of livelihood.  

Why trees?
An article published in the Hindu, titled “Narmada in spate, forces called in for relief” dated 23rd August, 2013 mentions the devastation possible due to the floods caused by the river. The trees prevent soil erosion, improve soil quantity and water retaining capacity as mentioned by FAO. Flora & Fauna International explains the loss caused by natural disasters like floods that not only causes devastation to human-life, but also affects animals. Agroforestry World mentions that trees act as a buffer against disasters and the effects of climate change. FAO mentions the functions of the trees in protecting the water bodies from pollutants and other degenerative forces. A paper titled ‘Does Deforestation Lead to Drought?’ by James MacDonald mentions the requirement of trees to prevent drought. The plantation of trees forms an important part of the conservation of the environment and its components especially an indispensable resource such as water.

Flora
The tree species planted here include Bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea) and Teak (Tectona grandis).

Fauna
Animal species include tiger, chital, gaur, sambar can be mentioned as the dominant animal species of the region.

Impact
Indian rivers are heavily dependent on the Indian rainfall. The Narmada river is an important river in the Indian subcontinent. Due to the uncertainty of this rainfall the flow of the river varies causing various complications in the lives of the people dependent on the river.  The effects of climate change and soil erosion has further reduced the capacity of the soil to absorb and retain water. Plantation of trees will improve the water retaining capacity of the soil and break the force of the water reaching the soil. This will prevent soil erosion thus improving the soil structure and water retaining capacity of the soil and improving the agricultural production in the long run. The trees will also provide NTFPs to the community thus diversifying the livelihood opportunities of the people. Trees will also help regulate the environment by sequestering carbon and releasing oxygen. They will aid in disaster mitigation protecting the animals and communities resident on the banks.

Adoption Summary

Name of the Company Number of Trees Planted Fiscal Year
Development Corporation Bank (DCB) 40,000 2019-20
Siemens 10,000 2019-20
HDB Financial Services 50,000 2017-18

 

Target Completed


Planters

Siemens has GIFTED A Bountiful Tree
Siemens has GIFTED A Bountiful Tree
Siemens has GIFTED A Bountiful Tree
Audit Excerpt for Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh

Total saplings planted in Khandwa district were 50,000 across 3 villages in 2018-19. Many of the small tributaries to Narmada River originate from the operational area. Revegetation activities were taken up as a major tool to strengthen village institutions. The team has also been taking up activities such as planting of endemic species, weeding and seeding apart from allowing natural regeneration towards the restoration process. These multiple efforts have ensured the survival rate of 96.9%.

The planting has been carried out as per the plan and the number of saplings physically verified agrees with the number of saplings planted (as per the report of Grow-Trees planting partner). We are of the opinion that looking to the steps taken by Grow-Trees planting partner, i.e., location of the site, encouragement to planting and positive response from the villagers to grow, nurture and monitor the planting, the result of the activity will be affirmative.

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