Trees for the benefit of Tigers
The Periphery of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar, Rajasthan, India
With the reforestation program in the buffer zone, we aim to restore the surrounding areas of the Tiger Reserve and mitigate the anthropogenic pressure in the core-areas. The plantation of 300,000 saplings would help improve the habitat.
This project involves planting 300,000 trees in the periphery of Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. The project area is a cluster of 300 villages/ hamlets located in and around Sariska Tiger Reserve, in Alwar district of Rajasthan, India. The Sariska Tiger Reserve is surrounded by “more than 300 villages” (as per the figures from Forest Department, Government of Rajasthan). The area is covered by the Aravalli hills, the oldest mountain range of the world, ranging in height from 450 meters to 700 meters, with more or less flat-topped hills, with big plateaus having undulating ground and numerous narrow valleys. Running roughly north to south these hills dissect the area: to the west is a level plain, mostly sandy and dotted with small hills; on the eastern side is a succession of hill ranges. None of the district’s rivers are perennial over their entire course. Some of these have been impounded at several sites to provide water for irrigation. There is no large natural lake in the district. The project is situated in the north-east of Rajasthan between 27° 4’ and 28° 4’ north latitudes and 76° 7’ and 77° 13’ east longitudes. It is bounded on the north by Bharatpur district and the Gurgaon and Mahendragarh districts of Haryana, and on the south by Jaipur and Dausa districts.
The project will focus on reforesting orans. 'Orans' or 'dev vans' i.e sacred groves, are community lands (Community Conserved Areas). There are about 25,000 orans in Rajasthan that cover about 600,000 hectares and provide a much-needed lifeline and safeguard to their respective communities. Orans developed as socio-cultural mechanism in order to ensure the sustainable extraction of Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFPs) by villagers, providing a safety net for the most vulnerable portions of society. In recent years orans have suffered widespread degradation, due to neglect and misguided priorities, the introduction of foreign flora and fauna that compromise biodiversity, and from a changing climate, which all led to a marked decline in the condition of orans.
The tiger (Panthera tigris), one of the world's most beautiful and revered animals, stands near the brink of extinction.
Loss, fragmentation, and degradation of forests have been major factors in the decline of the tiger population in this century, with illegal killing playing an increasingly damaging role as tigers have become more vulnerable: no refugees remain safe from human penetration. Habitat loss remains a grave danger for the tiger, particularly in South and Southeast Asia. In countries like India where there is a human population problem, people are always looking for more room which infringes on the tiger habitat. Once people reside close to tigers, they transform the ecological system by removal of flora, introducing cattle, crops, etc..., which in turn harms the tigers.
In the last decade Indian jungles have lost 110 tigers among which 17 were tigresses. Trees are needed to be grown because humans have infringed on tiger habited areas and taken away their shelter. Growing more trees is a way to ensure them their natural habitat and saving forested tiger habitats from being stripped of the flora.
The tree species planted here include Indian plum, neem, salai, sahajan, sasbania spp., babul, sheesham, lemon, papaya, amla.
Grow-Trees.com is creating rural jobs, in remote areas where jobs are rare, in the nursery, planting and post-planting activity, amongst tribals and women. The 300,000 trees to be planted will create approximately 24,558 workdays of jobs in the nursery and planting activities alone.These trees will provide flowers, fruit, fodder, fuel and material for artisanal products to rural communities and living creatures, improve water catchment , generate oxygen, reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, fight climate change, and benefit an endangered species, the Tiger.
|Name of the Company||Number of Trees Adopted||Year|
|TATA Capital||50,000 trees||FY 2016-17|
|TATA Capital||50,000 trees||FY 2015-16|