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Entrepreneurship at the Heart of our Khasi Hills Project

 

In India's Khasi Hills, people are living alongside cloud forests threatened by deforestation. The Khasi are a forest dependent people who rely on the forest for food, income, shelter, medicine and more. Over recent years the forest has declined along with its potential to provide livelihood resources for these communities. Its role in carbon sequestration and the water cycle also came under threat. However, thanks to your support and our planting partner WeForest, we are working to stop this decline and restore the degraded lands into a healthy and productive forest. As the area is a global biodiversity hotspot and home to many threatened species, including the critically endangered Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla), the Khasi Hills restoration efforts have a high conservation value as well.

The Khasi communities themselves are at the heart of our efforts in India. Here, communities have indigenous forest conservation values and management systems, which we are supporting through WeForest's partnerships with local governments, villages and the Khasi federation. Through assisted natural regeneration alongside sustainable livelihood development to tackle the drivers of deforestation, the project aims to halt the decline in tree cover and restore degraded forest.

The Khasi communities themselves are at the heart of our efforts in India. Here, communities have indigenous forest conservation values and management systems, which we are supporting through WeForest's partnerships with local governments, villages and the Khasi federation. Through assisted natural regeneration alongside sustainable livelihood development to tackle the drivers of deforestation, the project aims to halt the decline in tree cover and restore degraded forest.

For a closer look at how local Khasi people are getting involved, meet 59 year old Drasmina Umdor. Drasmina could grow her shop into a thriving food establishment thanks to the financing she received from the project.

She is now a successful business woman living independently on her earnings and is able to make a living without cutting down trees. She's also using a low-polluting stove to cook at home and is intending to make the switch at her tea stall as well.

With your support, TreeSisters and WeForest is joining forces with rural families and people like Drasmina to restore forests and make it possible for people and planet to flourish together. Would you like to support this project and other amazing reforestation projects around the globe? Go here to learn more.

Written by Sophie Jane Mortimer-Hardy
Published 14 October, 2017
Photos are courtesy of
WeForest


Sophie Jane Mortimer-Hardy
was TreeSisters Communication Manager from 2015-2017. She played a pivotal role in helping the mission grow into what it is today.

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