Using water conservation techniques and tree and grass planting we revive these forests and restore the sacred groves. This secures the livelihoods of the 8000 people who depend on the groves.
In rural Rajasthan, India, poverty and vulnerability to climatic changes (drought, famine) are common. Villagers depend on their sacred forests (orans) for wood for fuel and timber, fodder for their animals, water and medicinal plants. However, orans are in decline due to industrial development and changing government laws. We help villagers revive their orans and empower them to manage the forests sustainably. Healthy orans mean less poverty and more livelihood security.
For these 10 orans we are raising and planting 100,000 trees and renovating 10 key water harvesting structures. This means there is more food and water for 8,000 humans and 20,000 livestock.
Restore "orans" to their pristine, sustainable green environment; develop better management practices of the rural ecosystem; secure the rural livelihood of millions; preserve endemic/endangered species and variety of cultivars found within orans.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
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