Urban forestry

June 7, 2017

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Urban forestry

About the Implementing organization

Name: TERRE Policy Centre

Country: India

Year of establishment: 2010

Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status

 

Description

The urban forestry initiative in Warje by TERRE Policy Centre is one of its flagship projects, where we have achieved effective change among the local residents around but moreover, tremendous participation from various sectors. Their participation was the clear picture of how much a community cares about its natural heritage when guided well.

TERRE's urban forestry project in collaboration with Maharashtra forest department was launched on 2013 in 16 hectares barren waste hill land area of Warje. This is also a kind of model which involves Public, Corporate, NGO and Government in the entire project. The land was barren and used as a dump yard by the residences in its proximity. Plantation included 9000 trees of indigenous species of 7 to 8 Ft height. Now the planted tree was well grown to 14-18 feet trees. All the plants in the entire area are taken care by TERRE Policy Centre.

The transformed land is now a favorite place in the city. Many visitors come to enjoy the view and feel the peace that this place offer them. People come for their morning and evening walks, as it gives them proper terrain within the city life and away from city chaos.

Nature Element

Forests

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Access and benefit sharing / Pollution prevention, clean up / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Peace and security / Health / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

      

Environmental Impacts

The Kyoto Protocol— the international treaty, the goal of which is to reduce global warming by decreasing the emission of greenhouse gasses— allows countries that have signed the treaty to meet their carbon emission targets by cutting emissions—or by planting forests. Plantation has a tremendous effect on air quality. Some estimates conclude that 100 trees plantation remove up to 5 tons of CO2, 400 pounds of ozone & 300 pounds of small particulate matter. Trees keep us cooler, which means that less energy is used, fewer emissions are created, and pollutant levels are reduced. The goal of many urban tree plantings is to reduce the urban heat island effect. Trees also do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to keeping water quality high. Water runoff in forested areas is much less than in developed areas. That’s because tree roots help keep soil in place, preventing the soil erosion. Plantation generally increases bird & insects diversity compared to pasture and croplands.

Sustainable Development Impacts

Raising and preserving green areas are a part of our ancient culture within urban settlements. They continue to be life sustaining even today. Tree plantation and forest plays a vital role in sustainable development. The essential value of trees and forests is beyond dispute. Forests contain up to 90% of terrestrial biodiversity and more than 90% of above ground biomass. They are essential to the regulation of the Earth’s climate and maintenance of our water supply. They provide food, fuel, fodder, medicines and natural pesticides, recreation, wildlife habitat and are a major source of industrial fiber and building materials. Trees plantation also play a vital role in nutrient cycling. Most concerns regarding the environmental sustainability of tree plantations have focused on nutrients and their subsequent effect on productivity.

Scalability

The action is very important to expand and reach at the national and international level for the replication. The initiative has long-term scalability. Currently, the project is one of its kind in the entire state of Maharashtra. TERRE is also planning to consider this action in REDD-plus criteria. This will also help in expanding the project at national scale. Currently, a team of TERRE is doing research on how the project can be covered under the criteria of REDD-plus, forest officials were also helping in expanding this project at national and international level. TERRE also have good friendly contacts with Mr. Anil Dave, Minister of Environment Forest and climate change through which they were helping in scalability of the project. The project also showcases at COP 22, Morocco, Marrakesh. A Panel Discussion at India Pavilion also organized on this initiative on afforestation and RED plus.

Replicability

The replication of the project helps in minimizing climate change, helps in green and clean environment, increase in plant, birds, and insects diversity, restoration of wasteland, sustainable livelihood, and much more. Currently, the Urban forestry project is replicated in various cities of Maharashtra and also in other states of India.
Many organization, corporate industry, and government officials visit the the site to understand the concept for replication in their premises/ territory/ area. The project main aim to make many patches of urban forestry in between the cities by replicating the actions. this is the reason to showcase at COP 22, Morocco, Marrakesh and organizing the Panel Discussion at India Pavilion on this initiative, i.e., afforestation and REDD-plus.

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