Large trees play a critical role in provisioning of economically important and climate regulating ecosystem services such as water, non-timber forest produce and carbon to millions of people in tropical countries of the world. In absence of clear conservation policy and poor understanding of their importance in supporting sustainable societies, these trees are facing imminent threat. The project will take measures to avoid indiscriminate felling of 1000 large trees in the Western Ghats of India
Deforestation is one of the major contributors to climate change. It has been observed that large trees are often the first targets for felling due to their economic value. However, a single giant tree supports the survival of 35 different flora & fauna. They are also primary carbon guzzlers of the forest. Our extensive carbon stock estimation studies in the Western Ghats of India indicated that giant trees sequester 50% more carbon than other trees arresting climate change more effectively.
Conservation of these Giant Trees is the first and easiest step towards mitigating Climate Change. a) Surveys will be carried out to map & select tree b) Incentives & conservation action will be discussed with owner c) Information boards and fences will be put up near trees selected for conservation d) Creating carbon sinks by bringing more and more Giant Trees under direct conservation e) Holistic impact assessment studies taking into consideration anthropogenic pressures.
The project will significantly impact Climate Change and help conservation of rare species of plants, birds, mammals, insects, butterflies, reptiles & amphibians. This is because a single giant tree is an ecosystem in itself. Through your support, 1000+ marginal farmers will get direct benefits from conservation of giant trees. These trees will conserve perennial water streams, support pollination & sequester a large amount of carbon from air. We look forward to your patronage. Thank you!
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).