Trees for Water: Project Progress
Project phase I: Funded by The Lions
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.
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
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
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.
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.