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WeForest Project

Title

India Khasi Hills

Supporting Khasi communities to regenerate their forest
Area restored
2,500 ha
Trees planted
2,082,500

Project Summary

The Khasi Hills in the Indian Meghalaya ecoregion is known as the wettest place on earth and for its unique biodiversity. The villagers are Khasi tribes who have asked WeForest to help them restore their forests. Training, alternative sources of fuel and new farming techniques are key if we want to stop further forest degradation. WeForest is also distributing fuel-efficient cookers to further improve forest and family health.

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    Sacred monoliths in the forested hills are of cultural significance to the Khasi people
  • Hill top plot identified for restoration
    Hilltop identified for restoration
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    Women work in their nurseries and sell seedlings at a profit
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    Seedlings growing in one of the nurseries
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    A variety of seedling species are planted
  • Electric rice cookers distributed
    Efficient electric rice cookers are distributed to village members
  • Gasoline hobbs or 'smokeless chulas' demonstration and distribution
    Gas cookers or 'smokeless chulas' demonstratio
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    Monitoring sapling growth using GPS location
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    Taking measurements of restoration plots
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    Planting saplings at the edge of restoration plot
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    Our site has been verified by the Glogal Giving organization

Region

East & North Khasi Hills, Meghalaya state

Project Status

Open

Restoration Approach

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Assisted natural regeneration
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Enrichment planting

Target 2018

416,500 trees

Planting Period

All year round (ANR)

Project Partners

Ka Synjuk Ki Hima Arliang Wah Umiam Mawphlang Welfare Society (KSKHAWUMWS).

Species

Alnus nepalensis, Castanopsis indica, Exbucklandia populnea, Myrica esculenta, Pinus kesiya, Prunus nepalensis, Schima khasiana

Project Goals

Restore native forest
Promote economic development
Build livelihood resilience
Conserve biodiversity

Why is intervention needed?

The Khasi people are traditionally a forest-dependent community: using the native cloud forest for shelter, firewood, medicine, food and even for spiritual traditions. The Meghalaya state, or "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit, is of international importance, recognized as one of the wettest places on earth and a biodiversity hotspot. However, the area and the communities are now at risk as the forest is being cleared by charcoal production,  stone quarrying and animal grazing.

Ecological restoration

WeForest partners with eleven indigenous governments and 75 Khasi villages to restore the forests, using methods like assisted natural regeneration (ANR) and enrichment planting. The local communities play a key role in the restoration: they manage the tree nurseries, perform the required thinning, weeding, establish the natural fire lines and delimit the no-go zones to protect the forest from animal grazing and human interference.

Livelihood development

Through supporting self-help groups and farmer´s clubs, WeForest empowers them to tackle poverty, unsustainable forest exploitation and to take ownership in restoring their forests. It is done through training and financial support for ecotourism initiatives, animal husbandry, tree nurseries and subsidies for fuel efficient cooking stoves to encourage a reduction in fuelwood consumption. Direct employment opportunities are created for regional community facilitators, forestry managers, accountants, project assistants etc. The Khasi are one of the world’s few matrilineal societies so women are well represented in the project.

The Benefits of Planting 1 Million Trees in this Project

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Ha restored
1,200
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Tons of CO2 sequestered
203,962
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Families engaged
3,500
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People trained in restoration techniques
1,000
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People employed
89
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Community-based nurseries
70
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Indigenous tree species
46

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