Trees for Tribal Communities
Plantation of local trees in 2 villages of Bangra Block namely Santpura and Budhwali of Jhansi District in Uttar Pradesh, India.
The Uttar Pradesh Government provides a list of the various tribal communities in the state. The mentions the various requirements and methods for sustainable livelihood development for the tribal community of the region, empowering the community as a whole, especially the women. This will lead to better utilization of the resources like soil and water and provide jobs to the community. The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) further mentions the importance of the development of forestry as sources of forest products providing the local community with varied livelihood opportunities and fulfills their basic need. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) further mentions the requirement of trees and shields for the community against impending disasters as biological barriers. Agricultural output benefits from the plantation as the trees protect the soil from erosion and adds nourishment. They contribute to the atmospheric moisture and holds the soil moisture contributing to sustainable agriculture and generation of ‘Green jobs’.
The area is characterized by a dry central-India type of climate, and in consequence, the dry tropical species of vegetation capable of sustaining on low rainfall predominates the region. The forests of the area can be broadly divided into three types as the dry miscellaneous forests, thorn forests, and the dry tropical scrub forests. The species to be planted are chosen according to their suitability to the project area, improving alternative livelihood options, fruit, and fodder and economic potential for broader outcome both in terms of socio-economic and environmental aspects.
The project includes the plantation of resistant local species such as Chiraungi(Buchanania lanzan), Aonla(Phyllanthus emblica), Neem(Azadirachta indica), Guava(Psidium guajava), Mango(Mangifera indica), Drumstick(Moringa oleifera), Bamboo(Bambusa vulgaris), Karounda(Carissa carandas), Lemon(Citrus limon), Ber(Ziziphus mauritiana), and Kinno(Pterocarpus marsupium).
Sustainable resource management is a major global challenge today with finite resources, thus ever increasing energy demand with a growing population the relevance of land use planning is apparent. The land has limited carrying capacity beyond which there will be degradation and loss of productivity due to excessive use. Emphasis to be given to the problem of rural communities, especially those below the poverty line in whose hands this resource has to be efficiently utilized and whose minimum needs the efficient use of such resources is meant to serve. Thus the plantation of right native tree species can be an effective way to address this socio-environmental challenge by reclaiming wasteland and degraded lands into forests. Locals dependency on the forest resources can be checked with improved forest produces and fruiting and fodder species for livestock. Enhanced forests area will help to rehabilitate key wildlife habitat thus opening prospect for Eco and Wildlife tourism. Improved wildlife habitat with fruiting and fodder species will have significance in addressing Human-wildlife conflict mostly in terms of Livestock depredation contributing to safeguarding the sensitive rural economy. Above all the plantation of 25,000 native trees will help in improving water table, check top-soil erosion, increase carbon sequestration potential, generate local employment with household level participation in implementing and monitoring of the project and improving ecosystem services.
|Name of the Company||Number of Trees Adopted||Year|
|DCB Bank||25,000 trees||FY 2018-19|