Trees for water – project progress

Trees for Water: Project Progress

Project phase I: Funded by The Lions


Tree planting

During this project period 15,100 indigenous tree saplings were planted on 60 smallholder farms, covering some 87 hectares. Many of these trees were fruit species and will help to increase farmers’ incomes through agroforestry development.

Tectona Grandis Photo from CIRHEP

Capacity building to farmers and communities

CIRHEP organised consultations and capacity building workshops for farmers and community members, to identify and discuss many of the environmental problems and challenges that exist in the area. These talks concentrated on the importance of tree planting in preventing soil erosion and increasing soil carbon and fertility. During these capacity building workshops, farmers were also trained in tree planting and agroforestry land management.

School nature clubs and tree planting

Jack Fruit Photo from CIRHEP

In addition to tree planting on smallholder farms, students from local schools have been encouraged to plant tree saplings at home, on the school grounds and by the roadside. 250 trees have been planted by students so far and they are taught to water and care for the trees, replacing any that are irreparably damaged.

Project phase II: Funded by The Lions

Tree planting

During this project period (December 2013 – January 2014) 11,465 indigenous tree saplings were planted on 41 smallholder farms, covering some 58 hectares in Musuvanuthu village, Tamilnadu, Southern India.

Emblica officinalis trees coming into yield Photo from CIRHEP

Following a similar method as set out in phase 1, CIRHEP provided capacity building through training in sustainable resource management to targeted famers and children from a local school. This was done through group discussions, theoretical and practical sessions. Main topics covered included environmental education on the importance of tree planting to address soil erosion, poor soil fertility issues and tree sapling maintenance.

For more information on the project, visit the Trees for Water project page.

United Bank of Carbon is a not-for-profit collaboration between businesses and environmental scientists, which protects and restores forests and other greenery, through environmentally and socially-responsible partnerships with local communities. We undertake research, support forest and woodland projects in the UK and the tropics that deliver CSR/PR benefits, provide carbon reduction consultancy, and help to arrange compensation for unavoidable carbon emissions