Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

  • This reforestation initiative is helping to fight hunger, improve local economies, and combat climate change by planting fruit trees in India. India is a country of incredible ecological diversity, with a wide array of forest types. From the alpine forests near the Himilayas to the Mangrove forests of the coasts, India is recognized as one of seventeen "Megadiverse" countries in the world, home to 8% of the world's flora and fauna.

    This tree-planting project will not only establish healthy forests but will make a measurable impact for local farmers and communities, who will be able to generate a lasting income. The pollutants captured by each tree will also improve health, providing oxygen and fresh air for the communities they surround. Thank you so much for your support of healthy forests and healthy communities! 🌲 

  • These fruit trees will help small and marginalized farmers increase their families' nutrition and income, while fighting pollution, conserving water, and preventing soil erosion.

    Three years after planting, each fruit tree will help generate additional income at an average of US$10 per tree per year. These trees will considerably reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty in the villages and communities where they are planted.

     

  • A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.

  • India's megadiverse forests contain thousands of species, but this project will focus specifically on fruit trees that will thrive in harmony with existing ecosystems. Species include Mangifera indica, Psidium guajava, Artocarpus heterophyllus, Prunus domestic, Prunus persica, Prunus armeniaca, Musa, Citrus lemon, Phyllanthus emblica, Punica granatum, Syzygium cumini, Moringa oleifera, Annona reticulata, Limonia acidissima, and Carica papaya. 

DEFORESTATION IN INDIA

Map of deforestation in IndiaEXPLORE ON GFW

Despite the importance of India's diverse forests for ecosystem services, wildlife and the livelihoods of millions of people, forests have been severely depleted across the country. A huge push for economic development in the last decade has seen a rise in industrial projects, at the expense of forests and forest lands. According to government data, 14,000 square kilometres of forests were cleared to make way for thousands of industrial projects over the past 30 years. 

Today less than a quarter of the countries' geographic area is under forest cover. However, India's forest cover is slowly rebounding. The government has pledged to several commitments to restoring deforested and degraded landscapes, such as the Bonn Challenge. Furthermore, India is increasingly focusing on incorporating local communities into forest management. Given the livelihood benefits forests provide local communities this is good news in the push to get more trees in the ground and green India.


STORIES FROM THE FIELD

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Indian woman

FOOD SECURITY

Planting fruit trees is an investment in the future of the environment and in healthy, sustainable food choices. Each tree we plant in India will provide at least $10 USD in food and nutrition each year, with a cumulative value of 5 million dollars garnered over the next 50-60 years.

Bananas

ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE

A mature tree can sequester up to 48 pounds of carbon per year. India suffers some of the worst air quality in the world, so planting trees is particularly useful in filtering and improving air quality. Trees actively help mitigate climate change as well through carbon sequestration.

Local Indian fruit

PREVENT DEFORESTATION

According to scientists, India has lost 40% of its natural forest cover in the last 95 years. Driven by mining, agriculture and urbanization, this profound forest loss can be remedied by reforestation. Restoring forests will improve the lives of the estimated 275 million Indians that depend on them.

Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action
Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water
Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land

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