Members of the North East England and Scotland District 105NE of Lions Clubs International have joining forces with UBoC and CIRHEP to kick start the “Trees for Water” project, designed to protect a watershed vital to 26 villages in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. During two phases of the project (2012 – 2014), over 25,000 indigenous tree saplings were planted on about 100 smallholder farms. In addition, CIRHEP provided capacity building through training in sustainable resource management to targeted famers and children from local schools. This was done through group discussions, theoretical and practical sessions. Main topics included environmental education on the importance of tree planting to address soil erosion and poor soil fertility, and tree sapling maintenance.
“With 25 years of tree planting behind him, Jonathan Wild is an inspiration to all conservationists – he has been able to provide a manageable way in which we can make a real impact on our organization’s bold tree planting target by connecting us, via UBoC, with two fantastic environmental projects. We hope it will be the start of a long and productive relationship for Lions Clubs International and UBoC.”
Alan Deacon, District governor of North East England and Scotland, Lions District 105NE