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Trees for Villagers™

Kolar-Chikkaballapur, Karnataka, India

Project Purpose
Trees for Rural Communities™

Location

Plantation of local tree species on the community lands of 36 villages across Bagepalli and Sidlaghatta blocks in Chikkaballapur District and Srinivasapura block in Kolar District, near the town of Chintamani in Karnataka, India.

Aim

Carbon Sequestration

Providing Fodder

for Livestock

Generation of

Rural Employment

Control Soil Erosion

Improvement of

Wildlife Habitats

Why trees?
S. Suryaprakash from the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Agricultural Sciences, on behalf of the Karnataka State Forest Department, prepared a report citing the importance of NTFPs (Non-Timber Forest Produce) to the tribal communities and the tribal economy. The working paper published by Deutsche Gesellschaft für highlights the effect of climate change that adversely affects the lives of rural women. Alister Doyle in his article ‘Plant more trees to combat climate change: scientists’, speaks about the role of trees in combating climate change, by offsetting carbon and releasing oxygen. The roots hold topsoil and prevent erosion of the precious topsoil, which has taken millions of years to form. Serena Josephine. M. in her article The Hindu (October 20, 2008) mentions how community participation improved the results of soil conservation methods and prevented floods, thus, helping the community in the long run.  


Social Impact
The project has so far provided over 35,000 workdays of jobs to the rural community. The upkeep of the saplings and later collection of forest products is a sustainable source of income for the rural population. The trees, when mature, will provide food and fodder to the cattle, thus, preventing them from venturing inside the forest. Due to improvement in the vegetative coverage, soil erosion is also being reduced. Due to improved water levels, the drinking water sources and agriculture in the nearby areas have seen improvement. The trees planted play an important part in absorbing the carbon and help in regulating the climate. 
The non-timber forest resources have increased both in terms of quality as well as quantity and communities are procuring them for personal consumption and the surplus is used for selling in local markets. The leaves of Butea for crafting leaf plates, grass for making broomsticks, berries, etc. provide commercial opportunities and small-scale forest-based industry, thus, providing a steady income source to the forest dwellers.

Adoption Summary

Name of the Company Number of Trees Planted Fiscal Year
HDFC Asset Management Company Limited 36,993 2021-22
Tata AIA Life Insurance 150,000 2019-21
Indo-US MIM Tec Pvt. Ltd. 25,500 2013-16
Ernst & Young Foundation 125,591 2011-15
UTC Aerospace Systems 15,000 2014-15
V-KOOL 20,000 2012-13
Other Contributors (Individuals & Corporates) 155,000 NA

 

Audit for Kolar-Chikkaballapur, Karnataka

INDEPENDENT AUDIT
Kolar-Chikkaballapur, Karnataka

Excerpt

Total saplings planted were 1,50,000 in District of Chikkaballapura and Kolar in 2018-19, 2019-20 & 2020-21. The planting has been carried out as per the plan and the approximate number of saplings physically verified agrees with the number of saplings planted. 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 village to save the planting, the result of the activity will be affirmative. The survival rate is 78%.

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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