Rajasthan has a unique wildlife not found in most places in the country. It might look empty, but has mammals, birds, leopard, tiger, rats, cats etc which have made the desert their home. They survive with very little water and even 1 single tree planted can help them to survive the harsh climate. Planting the trees in large numbers will increase the food and habitat for these animals and birds and increase the populations. There are hot winds that blow and it removes the top soil. Planting small trees and shrubs will act as natural windbreakers. This will also increase the water table.
- The trees planted shall help in controlling the soil erosion due to winds.
- The project shall be able to increase the number of trees that are less in number in the state. The trees are very few in number.
- Increase in the overall green cover of the state. The state has forest cover of 5%. This needs to be increased to mitigate the growing pressure of the population.
Positive impact on farmers
- Farmers get high quality saplings to plant in their lands adjacent to the forests. Fruit trees, Timber trees, Medicinal plants.
- Increase in the farmer income by 10% over a 10 year period of time.
- Better economic conditions of the farmers help in getting education for the children, nutrition for the family.
About the project
The project is an ongoing project to help achieve increased greenery in the state. Under this project, sites are identified and farmer groups contacted for planting trees on their lands close to the forest areas. High quality of seedling of fruit trees, timber trees, medicinal plants, forest trees are identified and they are then planted on the lands of the farmers. The farmers are explained on how to raise them, best practices for the same and benefits that they shall be getting in the next 2 years, 5 years, 10 years and 20 years. A periodic visit of the experts is done for the same so that they can monitor the progress and also guide the farmers. The current condition of the farmers and forest cover is recorded and stored on e platforms. This is updated every time of the visit so that the improvement can be noted and measured. The project keeps on identifying new sites and farmer groups so that the benefit can be spread to all.
The trees are geotagged. The area boundary is marked using GPS. Farmer details along with the images. All the data is captured and stored through mobile apps directly from the field. Carbon fixing that is happening yearly is calculated by using the equations developed by the experts for different species in app and reports. Total transparency is maintained in getting the data, storing the data and analysing the data.
The impact that is being created by the project for wildlife and farmers is measured. All data is captured in regular intervals and the same is analysed by comparing with the previous data on the same parameters calculated a few months ago. The change is measured against the planned results.
The project reports are prepared and sent to the contributors. The report covers the following
1) Trees status as on the last visit made
2) Any mortality in the trees planted
3) Carbon fixed in MT from the start of the project
4) Quantity of fruits that are being produced by the planted trees
5) Economic impact on the farmers.
6) Ecological impact created.