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In 2019, 45tree species were planted across the restoration sites. This diversity contributes to the restoration of the original forest diversity of this area to support biodiversity and include tree species such as the Ilex khasiana: shrub endemic to the Khasi Hills and critically endangered as its natural habitat has declined in extent and quality the Quercus glauca:also known as the ring-cupped oak, its acorns are edible, and it is used locally for fuel, fodder and as a medicine for dysentery and Cinnamomum camphera:vulnerable evergreen tree commonly known as camphor laurel and used as a source of leaf oil and natural linalool.
The region is classified as a global biodiversity hot spot under the Eastern Himalayan Endemic Bird Area. With such high rainfall it’s home to a wide range of amphibians some of which are endemic like the endangered Khasi Hill toad and the critically threatened Shillong bush frog.
300ha were brought under conservation management in 2019, bringing the overall total to 2,800ha – an area equivalent to 3,360 football pitches!
75 villages are currently engaged in this project which addresses the key link between poverty and forest degradation.
Over the next 20 years we expect to have sequestered around 476,000 tCO2 through the areas under restoration, assuming disasters such as droughts or fires do not impact the sites.
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