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Trees for Tigers

Ramtek, Maharashtra, India

224,569 Trees Adopted by IDFC First Bank in FY 2019-21

Project Purpose
Trees for Forests & Wildlife

Location

Plantation of local tree species on the Community lands of Dulara village on the buffer zone of Pench Tiger Reserve, Ramtek Taluka, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Aim

Enhancement of

Biodiversity

Increase in

Green Cover

Reduction of

Man-Animal Conflict

Generation of

Rural Employment

Improvement of

Wildlife Habitats

Why trees?
Trees form a very important part of the tiger’s natural habitat as well as the economy of the area. The importance of trees has been highlighted in Sandeep Sharma’s seminal work, studying the tiger populations in Central India - ‘Biologist and International Research Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’, where he also mentioned, “Tigers (Panthera tigris) are the apex predator of Asian forest ecosystems. They are a conservation-dependent species, whose survival requires a sufficient quantity of large prey and vast swaths of contiguous forest habitat”.  World Wildlife Fund India (WWF) in its report, ‘Lifeline for Tigers, 2014’ has mentioned the major ecological challenges pertaining to the Pench-Kanha area such as wildlife loss due to developmental activities, human-animal conflict and resource exploitation, making replenishment of the tree cover in this region an indispensable part of the conservation process. Forest-based livelihoods form a major part of the employment opportunities available around Dulara. Due to the dearth of other sources of income and a decline in forest cover, poverty is rampant in the area. The plantation of trees on community land with the help of our plantation partner, BDBGVS will ensure access to forest produces in the future. Apart from providing a good source of income to the people of the region, carefully selected species will be a source of indigenous medicine to the tribal communities who have poor access to good healthcare facilities, while also acting as gene banks and carbon sequestration units.

Social Impact
In his paper, ‘Opportunities of Habitat Connectivity for Tiger (Panthera tigris) between Kanha and Pench National Parks in Madhya Pradesh, India’, Chinmaya S. Rathore of the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal speaks about the importance of tree plantation in restoration of the Kanha-Pench corridor, promotion of nature-based tourism, and integration of the local communities in the process for it to impact tiger conservation efforts. The project has been carried out on public lands, wherein the community will be able to utilise the NTFPs like fruits, tendu leaves, twigs, and fodder. The beneficiaries are mostly women, who say the project has empowered them as well as provided them with the option to work in the vicinity of their homes. The project involves 70 households, creating 3000 workdays for the labour-force, of which 70% are women.

The tribal population stands at almost 96% of the total population where the dependency on the forest-based industry is high. The project will discourage the villagers from participating in illegal activities, like poaching, by providing them with a steady source of income from the forest produce. It will deter wild animals such as wild boars, leopards and other wild cats from straying into human settlements and destroying personal property and croplands by developing a dense buffer zone. When fully mature, these trees will absorb 20 kgs of CO2 annually, contributing to carbon sequestration.

Adoption Summary

Name of the Company No. of Trees Fiscal Year
IDFC First Bank 224,569 2019-21
Other Contributors (Individuals & Corporates) 11,453 NA

 

Tree Species
  • Nimboo
    Common Name
    Lemon

    Botanical Name
    Citrus limon
  • Ber
    Common Name
    Ber

    Botanical Name
    Ziziphus mauritiana Lam.
  • Babool, Babul
    Common Name
    Babool

    Botanical Name
    Vachellia nilotica
  • Neem
    Common Name
    Neem

    Botanical Name
    Azadirachta indica
  • Drumstick
    Common Name
    Drumstick

    Botanical Name
    Moringa oleifera
  • Amla
    Common Name
    Amla or Indian Gooseberry

    Botanical Name
    Emblica officinalis
  • Karanj
    Common Name
    Karanj

    Botanical Name
    Pongamia pinnata
  • Bamboo
    Common Name
    Bamboo

    Botanical Name
    Bambusa vulgaris
  • Custard Apple
    Common Name
    Custard Apple

    Botanical Name
    Annona squamosa
  • Wild Tamarind
    Common Name
    Wild Tamarind

    Botanical Name
    Leucaena leucocephala
  • Pomegranate
    Common Name
    Pomegranate

    Botanical Name
    Punica granatum
  • Kashid
    Common Name
    Kashid

    Botanical Name
    Peltophorum pterocarpum


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