Afforestation Program in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand, India

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Forests have been playing a key role in safeguarding the environment and have provided long-term ecological security. Local communities depend on forest resources for subsistence living and for agriculture, fodder, livestock, and water.
Recent developments in the Himalayan region have led to the degradation of forests which in turn have impacted the local communities. Development of afforestation programs in these regions would not only help in providing an income to these communities but improve the lives of people living in such areas.

17,257 tCO2 sequestration per annum

and reduction of temperatures, improved air quality, mitigation of storm-water run-off, and provision of wildlife habitat.

Reverse land degradation,

Reverse land degradation, and halt land desertification through afforestation. Afforestation also helps to ensure that there are enough forests for wildlife to thrive in.

Income generating activities

such as planting of horticulture trees, fodder cultivation and employment opportunities and job creation for project implementation and monitoring.

Achieve food security

and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture with increased incomes of the rural population

Background of Project

The Himalayan region that is known to support variety of species of forest, has witnessed several landslides and soil erosion and dried up perennial springs due to forest degradation. This has caused damage to the agro-economy and has been responsible for loss of livelihood of many. With the introduction of afforestation programs, local communities would be provided with subsistence living and would also help to curb down migration.

The Project

The project aims to reforesting mass scale plantation/regeneration in mountain villages. To expand the green cover, Van Panchayats (VPs), Common Village Land and Private Land will be taken up and it will primarily cover deforested, degraded and wastelands in VPs and common village land whereas in private land it would be preferred in terraces and barren land. The method for increasing the green cover will be primarily the plantation of seedlings raised in nurseries, direct sowing of seed/acorn of selective species and ANR to have options and models.

The Benefits

The project aims to support women by encouraging women driven self-help groups and Van Panchayats to facilitate in protection and management of sites. This is achieved by capacity-building, leadership and confidence building measures.Beneficiaries of the project would be earning money through the sale of carbon credits thus ensuring better livelihood.