Trees for Rural Communities
Planting trees on community lands in Venkatakrishnahalli, Dibburhalli Gram Panchayat, Siddlaghatta Taluk, Chikkaballapur District; G Cherlopalli, Grothpalli Grama Panchayat, Bagepalli Taluka, Chikkaballapur District; Laxmipura Grama Panchayat, Srinivaspura Taluka, Kolar District, near the town of Chintamani in Karnataka, India.
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 to the tribal communities and the tribal economy. The working paper published by Deutsche Gesellschaft für highlights the effect of climate change adversely affect 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 precious topsoil, which has taken millions of years to form. Serena Josephine.M. in her article, titled “Serena Josephine.M” in The Hindu (October 20, 2008) mentions how community participation improved the results for soil conservation methods and prevent floods, thus helping the community in the long run.
The tree species planted here include bamboo (Dendrocalamus strictus), Nayi Nerale (Syzygium cumini), sugar apple (Annona squqamosa), neem (Azadirachta indica), golden flower (Cassia Fistula), Black Siris (Albizzia odoratissima), indigo (Wrightia tinctorial), kassod (Cassia siamea), karanj (Pongemia pinnata).
The wildlife found here includes the yellow-throated bulbul, starred tortoise, red sand boa and Kolar leaf-nosed bat.
The project has so far provided over 17,000 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 rural populations. 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 that 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 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.
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25,000 trees out of this project planted in Kolar district and has been supported by DCB Bank.