The Trees for Water Project
Planting Forests to Protect a Vital Watershed for Villages in Southern India
The ”Trees for Water” project – funded by UBoC with generous donations from The Lions Clubs of Scotland and North East England – is progressing well.
The newly planted trees are now starting to do their work helping to prevent flash flooding – with potentially disastrous top-soil loss – while also retaining vital water locally, as the North-east Monsoon season begins.
A group of 25 villages in Tamil Nadu have been working with the community-based Centre For Improved Rural Health and Environmental Protection (CIRHEP) to a create of a forest of 800,000 trees which will protect their dwindling water supplies. And without water, a decade of work to improve these communities’ health, education, livelihoods, and environmental management would have come to nothing.
The planting plan was phased as funds became available. 26 thousand forestry and horticulture seedlings were planted in the first and second phases up to January 2014.
Local farmers, women and students were actively involved. So they acquired vital knowledge on the role of trees in the control of soil erosion, the management of floods, water retention, and the increase of biomass to absorb CO2 and so help to control global temperatures.
Today the locals voluntarily replace any casualties, because they understand the importance of the saplings – which are now more than a meter tall.
As well as mitigating global warming and climatic change, the project is also promoting sustainable agricultural practices in the target villages, while providing for the needs of families, in terms of fruit, fuel wood, fodder and timber.
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