Bangladesh Roadside Tree Plantation

by Poverty Eradication Program (PEP) Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit

Summary

45,000 tree saplings will be planted on rural roads in Bangladesh. Legal agreements will ensure that 60% tree wealth created will belong to the poorest families (45 kms.x15=675 families). Local government and PEP each receive 20% tree wealth. 45 poor rural women & 3 local social workers will be employed for 3 years to nurture the young saplings, receiving a monthly salary. With only 8% of the desired 25% land under tree coverage, the project will improve environment.

$66,015
total goal
$45,791
remaining
59
donors
1
monthly donor
1
year

Challenge

With about 170 million people in a country of 144,000 square kilometers, tree coverage is now only 8% compared to 25% desirable amount. Likewise numbers of landless rural families are increasing rapidly with rise in extreme poverty, lack of employment opportunities and economic assets.

Solution

Rural roadsides and site of canals planted with tree saplings help to prevent erosion, increase tree coverage and health of the environment. The 45 landless poor women get three years employment as caretakers, while 675 poorest families get 60% ownership of the planted trees, giving some regular income from pruning and trees toppled in storms.

Long-Term Impact

Besides helping to reforest local areas, preventing erosion and stabilizing weather patterns, timber is produced for furniture, housing construction and firewood. The 45 women employed for three years help support their families and save part salary to invest in economic assets such as land rental and livestock rearing. When trees are harvested, families often receive $250-500 which helps them buy land or add major economic assets to come out of poverty.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).

Resources

http:/​/​www.pep-bd.org
URL of Poverty Eradication Program (PEP)
URL of PSDI, the main donor & suppoter of PEP
The development model of PEP
Description of roadside & homestead plantations.

Organization Information

Poverty Eradication Program (PEP)

Location: Dhaka - Bangladesh
Website: http:/​/​www.pep-bd.org
Project Leader:
Mujibur Rahman
Dhaka, Bangladesh
$20,224 raised of $66,015 goal
 
105 donations
$45,791 to go
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