Trees for Villagers

Panchmahal, Gujarat, India


Project Purpose
Trees for Rural Communities

Location
Plantation of 19,000 trees in villages of Kotra, Surpur, Kaliyari and Varasada, Panchmahal, Gujarat, India

Aim

  • Provide food and livelihood for the community by the production of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP).
  • Improve agricultural output through soil conservation.
  • Provide fodder for animals when the trees mature and prevent killings by the wild animals.
  • Improve the environment by conserving natural resources.

Why trees?
Sustainable agriculture is attained with the help of planting trees that release the crop-friendly nutrients into the soil, facilitating the growth of crops, which in return contributes the poverty alleviation programmes (‘The business side of sustainable forest management: Small and medium forest enterprise development for poverty reduction’ by Jason Donovan et al.). Joshua T. Bishop, in his report ‘The Economics of Non-Timber Forest Benefits: An Overview’, mentions the importance of the NTFPs to the economy of the area and the people dependent on them.  Presence of humus in the soil improves the agricultural output and it prevents diseases in plants according to a report in the National Geographic Society. The Arbor Day Foundation mentions the importance of trees in controlling the loss of soil and water due to erosion and pollution. 
 
Flora  
The tree species planted here include khair(Senegalia catechu), sitaphal(Annona reticulata), parpaliya(Alstonia scholaris), jambu(Syzygium samarangense), sadad(Terminalia arjuna) and goras aamli (Pithecellobium dulce).

Fauna
The bird and animal species found here include the lesser florican, hare, sloth bear, sarus crane, black-necked stork.

Impact
The trees planted for the local communities are expected to improve the agricultural output and NTFP output. Both of these are provided by the local trees planted. The improvement in the agricultural output and the alternative livelihood opportunity provided in turn contribute to empowering the community financially. The release of oxygen and carbon sequestration improves the environment to improve the quality of life. The addition of organic matter into the soil in the form of decayed leaves increases the humus content to facilitate regeneration of the tree species, and retain the sustainability of the programme. The trees will also improve the agricultural output by recharging the groundwater table.   

 

Target Completed


Planters

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Audit Excerpt for Panchmahal, Gujarat

INDEPENDENT AUDIT

Panchmahal, Gujarat

Excerpt

"The plantations have been carried out as per the plan and the approximate number of saplings planted are in agreement with the number of saplings planted as per the project proposal."          

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