Bombay (Maharashtra) [India], March 16 (ANI/NewsSee): Even before India announced its emissions neutrality target during the CoP-26 summit held in Glasgow, the country, at different points in the history, has witnessed citizen-led environmental movements like “Chipko” and government-led initiatives. Grow-Trees.com, however, is a unique social organization that creates synergies between businesses, individuals, forest services and local communities to undertake massive reforestation.
This year, he achieved a remarkable milestone by reaching the goal of planting 10 million trees across India. Founded in 2010, Grow-Trees.com is now one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world and has generated over 7,53,000 (and counting) days of employment, helped conserve wildlife corridors and worked tirelessly to forest restoration.
With the help of a web-based and cost-effective method that can be used by individuals and businesses to donate, plant and gift trees, the social enterprise has done its part to not only raise awareness of climate change, but also to enable climate action.
Bikrant Tiwary, CEO of Grow-Trees.com, says, “From the start, our plan was to follow intent with action and once we identified an area in urgent need of green cover, we created a plan based on the specifics of topography, native plant species, the needs of local communities, the challenges facing wildlife, and then has systematically carried out reforestation projects in more than 23 states. have covered over 4,500 hectares of land in India.
Projects are named after the causes they support and these include Trees for Forests and Wildlife, Trees for Himalayan Biodiversity, Trees for Rivers, Trees for Tigers, Trees for tribal communities, trees for coastal ecosystems, trees for the urban landscape, trees for memories, trees for well-being and more.
Bikrant adds: “Our goal has never been to plant trees at random. For example, our project at Sariska Tiger Reserve required us to reforest areas where poaching and disruptive human activities had impacted the tiger population. We ended up planting over 4,00,000 trees around the reserve to expand the natural habitat and soon enough tigers identified as ST6 and T10 were spotted in the project area. Additionally, we saw an increase in the population of peacocks and deer. So what we do is not just numbers but results. For example, every project we have undertaken has helped revive water bodies and improved groundwater levels.”
In addition, each project has provided livelihoods to tribal and rural communities and improved local biodiversity from which they have been able to benefit. Adequate reforestation encompassing millions of trees along wildlife corridors also helps prevent human and animal confrontations, as was the case at Singhbhum Elephant Reserve in Jharkhand and Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal. . The planting of more than 25,000 saplings around the Dachigam National Park corridor helps preserve the Hangul or Kashmir red deer.
Trees in polluted urban centers and even in spiritually significant spaces like Bodhgaya, Bihar create welcome lung spaces for city dwellers. Ecologically sensitive areas such as Pakyong and East Sikkim are also benefiting from reforestation campaigns. Another major project is Trees for Ganga to counter water depletion in the Ganges region. As Bikrant says, a tree is the simplest answer to the many problems created by reckless development activities and climate change. The 10 million trees planted by Grow-Trees.com have helped improve the overall ecological health of many regions, minimized the risk of flooding, contributed to soil conservation, replenished ground water tables and created carbon sinks in polluted environments. As more citizens and businesses join Grow-Trees.com in its mission, this may just be the start of a nationwide green revolution.
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