One million trees planted across 6 states with active participation of over 2,00,000 people
Globally, forest cover is one-third less than what it once was and global deforestation continues at 13 million hectares per year. This indiscriminate felling of trees threatens the environmental health and sustainability of communities in rural and urban milieu. Social forestry needs to be undertaken on a large scale to reverse the ill effects of deforestation and restore the ecological balance. It will also contribute towards creating a carbon sink and increasing green cover.
HPPI’s Tree Plantation Program is a response to the substantial climate change and sustainability challenges, like water supply and biodiversity loss. Through proactive environmental advocacy, the program has catalysed tree plantation across HPPI projects in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh (M.P.), Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) and Bihar. It strongly encourages the plantation of indigenous trees and plants that are advantageous to the local ecosystem.
Through effective implementation of the program, HPPI has made successful environmental inroads into the local communities, government forest offices, and government and state run educational institutes. Government authorities joined forces with the people and provided several thousand trees free of cost or at highly subsidised rates. Since plantation needs the advent of monsoon, the nurseries are prepped from the beginning of the year with the help of farmers in Farmers’ Clubs, women in Microfinance, self-help-groups and other locals in various districts ensuring that the progress made is steady and sustainable.
Due to the tremendous response from local individuals and communities, Tree Plantation Program has successfully planted more than 1 million trees in the last two years, across 62 projects in 6 states of India. More than 2,00,000 people benefitted from their own active participation in sowing and caring of saplings. The program aims to ensure dual action of planting the tree and fostering environmental stewardship. This encourages people to care for and take ownership of the trees planted by them.
Tree Plantation also had a significant impact on the primary schools associated with HPPI through its Teacher Training Program across Haryana, M.P. and U.P. It mobilized and encouraged children to plant trees and care for them and around 50,000 children received environmental education in their schools.
Environmental education and awareness are two important components to ensure sustainable and irreversible environmental change. Educational institutes like schools and colleges have been very welcoming of this cause as they understand that the children of today stand to inherit the world tomorrow. They must understand the importance of trees in their lives, and be motivated to have an active voice in their preservation.
In some schools visual documentaries have been shown on projectors about the causes and ill effects of global warming and climate change. Children are also explained the procedure of digging pit holes to plant trees and instil a sense of ownership towards them. The environment awareness drives also educate poor farmers regarding the benefits of terrestrial biological diversity, which also plays a vital role in maintaining forest ecology through pollination and cross germination and in turn helps the agricultural process.
The Tree Plantation Program has mobilized thousands associated with it, into a community of passionate tree planters and lovers who work towards preventing loss of green cover and promoting afforestation. The various varieties of trees planted are of angiosperm category i.e. some flowering, some fruit bearing and some ornamental like pomegranate, guava, mulberry, hibiscus, rose, moonlight, neem, sycamore and gulmohar etc. Planting of indigenous trees helps maintain ecological balance while sowing of medicinal plants like Amla and nutritional plants like Moringa help curtail the problem of food security, nutrition and poor health in rural households, especially women and children.
With HPPI expanding its operations in 3 more states namely Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu, we aim to expand our Tree Plantation Program to these cities to improve their tree canopy and mitigate climate change.
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