Community-owned Social and Agroforestry
The 'Community-owned Social and Agroforestry' project will plant productive fruit, fodder and fuel bearing species in about 80 acres of common and privately owned land to ensure balance between ecological and economic benefits to the communities. It will be implemented in Tentulipada and Nuapada hamlets of Dholpas village, Adri GP in Thuamul Rampur block of Kalahandi district directly benefitting 330 persons in 65 households.
The project aims to enable erstwhile forest-dependent communities, who currently have limited access to forest resources, to create, own and manage their own productive forests.
31,800 trees in 80 acres
Kalahandi in Odisha
November 2018 to December 2019
- Reaching agreements with village committees on roles and responsibilities, sharing of costs, selection of species to be planted, protection and care during and after the intervention
- Land demarcation, preparation and conservation
- Species-wise planning for raising nurseries and establishing contacts with suppliers for saplings
- Pit-digging and preparation, transportation and planting of saplings and fencing as necessary
- Arrangements for watch-and-ward and monitoring of mortality of saplings and replacements
- Building technical and managerial abilities to manage the forests, sustainable harvesting and intercropping for faster economic benefits
- GIS mapping of land and plantation activity and process documentation
- Strengthened community institutions to manage the development activities undertaken in their respective habitations
- Trained VWSC executive committee members, SHG members and farmers on participatory management of the natural resources
- Mobilised ₹4,71,000 in community contributions accounting for 16% of the project expenditure
- Generated 9,300 person days of work worth ₹9,30,000 benefitting 230 households with an additional source of income.
- Developed 30 acres of barren land across Nuapada and Tentulipada habitations into cultivable plots with measures for soil moisture conservation
- As the rainfall runoffs and soil erosion is high in the region, soil protection activities were implemented based on watershed principles to keep erosion under check.
- 50 acres of plantations under social forestry in Tentulipada and Nuapada habitations
- Converted 30 acres of land into horticulture plots with Cashew and Mango as cash crops
- Mapped springsheds, conducted water recharge activities along the catchment areas of springs, established monitoring systems to measure spring discharge
- Improved spring discharge despite lower rainfall as compared to the previous year