A dry barren land with cactus growing is all that is left of an ancient river in Dehradun district today. Indian Himalayan Region is at the brink of an unprecedented water-crisis. Out of 16,000 villages in Uttarakhand, 8,800 have been declared water scarce. In a region, out of the 360 natural water spring, only 60 remain today. A woman in an Uttarakhand village today walks up to 10 Kilometers over 4 hours to fill just enough water, and collect fuel and fodder to last her household for a day. Alaap is transforming a barren riverside land in Dehradun into a lush green native forest, so that the river can start flowing again. Your donation will directly go towards creating a forest and providing employment to the local community which is fighting water scarcity, desertification and other devastating impacts of climate change.
Location: 1 hectare of degraded riverside land in Lachhiwala Range, Dehradun
Timeline: April – September 2019
- 17,000+ trees on a degraded riverside land
- 100+ local community members employed during reforestation (Over 50% women)
- Training for 30+ direct stakeholders for sustainable reforestation of the riverside ecosystem
- ₹1,00,000 projected monetary addition to local economy through direct purchases