As a result of deforestation our planet is currently losing large areas of forest at an alarming rate. Forests play an essential role in balancing the planet as they serve as a habitat for a great number of species and soften the effects of global warming.
Trees and forests perform an essential work for the survival of all living beings that inhabit the planet. It is necessary to carry out a reforestation activity to restore this environmental balance since forests produce oxygen, ensure water conservation, help eliminate contaminating particles and contribute to mitigate the greenhouse effect.
This project, promoted by the United Nations, involves the regeneration of degraded lands through reforestation activities. These plots of land are owned by poor farmers and tribal communities that have no capacity for action or possibility of development without external financial support and technical guidance.
The land covers around 15,000 hectares, the equivalent of 15,000 football fields, owned by 12,000 farmers, distributed along the regions of Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh in India.
Farmers participating in the reforestation activity own small plots of land and will be assisted in this work by the company Mangalam Timber.
Farmers are encouraged to plant eucalyptus in their degraded land that had been barren for a long time. Manglam Timber will help these communities by providing technical assistance, explaining the reforestation scheme and making them aware of the benefits of the project.
Seedlings, fertilizers and other planting materials are provided and farmers will invest their efforts revitalizing their degraded land, then boosting the economy of local communities and contributing to the restoration of the environmental balance.
The purpose of this reforestation is not only to safeguard and restore the environmental balance of the area, but also to enrich forest resources through an extensive planting of eucalyptus, a very resistant plant species, easy to adapt and fast growing.