Why this campaign?
Degraded forests have increased incidents of human animal conflicts, unfriendly farming policies along with changing climate discouraged farmers to practice agriculture. FFS has been providing livelihoods to forest fringe villages during Covid19 lockdowns through eco restoration.
1920 sq km of Kabini river basin is in the district of Wayanad. 50% of the forest lands in Wayanad are completely degraded thus affecting water holding capacity. Degraded forests of Wayanad means lesser availability of water for millions of people dependent on Cauvery in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
2020 has been the hottest year ever. Many villages faced droughts. Agriculture sector continues to suffer putting more and more families at risk. But this is not a crisis for the farmer family's alone. It is our crisis too and it's our responsibility to do something for them. These issues need a permanent solution. A sustainable solution.
Healthy forests are the answer to water security. Forest fringe villages can be supported by these diverse tree species. These trees provide non-wood forest produce which are medicinal and wild edible fruits. These species also support a larger biodiversity that reduces human animal conflicts in the region.
- Livelihood to forest fringe village communities
- Mitigation of the migration
- Alleviation of poverty
- Ethno medicinal value
- Non wood forest produce
- Human animal conflict mitigation
- Water security
- Bio diversity conservation.
- Carbon sequestration
- Sustainable land use
- Soil erosion control
- Forest cover
- Increase of water table
- Purification of water and air
- Landslide mitigation