To plant close to 50,000 fruit trees in Sundarban to replenish the green damaged during Amphan, uplift living condition of the people in Sundarban and mitigate malnutrition.
Nestled in the vast delta along the Bay of Bengal, this region also happens to be one of most cyclone prone area in the world. However large part of the inland including the city of Kolkata are often spared the worst of the terrible storms as these mangrove trees stands sentinel and guards from the ravage of the worst cyclones.
This unique coastal ecosystem shock absorbs the initial impact of the storm and is said to reduce wind speed significantly before it makes inroads towards human settlements along the forest fringes. Mangroves are natural ecological barriers, resilient to extreme weather events like cyclones, protecting coastal communities from frequent storm surges.
At a time when this region was already facing stiff climate change challenge, and its mangroves were rapidly disappearing over the last 40 years, came the onslaught of the Amphan, one of the deadliest cyclone of the region in several centuries.
Led by Biplab Das - a native of the Sundarbans, an IIM Bangalore alumni, Kishalay foundation has been working to promote education and health in rural Bengal since 2013. Currently they run 24 early education centres in Sundarban itself for the under privileged kids of Sundarban. Post Amphan and Corona pandemic, they had been at the forefront with relief effort and restoration of lives.
Children's education and nourishment form an integral part of their agenda. But, needless to say, this is not enough. The focus needs to be on resilience building, which will take its own course to strengthen the natural abilities of the communities to anticipate and adapt to the extreme climatic conditions.
Planting of trees, as we all know, will stop erosion that was rendering the people homeless after the floods. The chattering birds and wildlife will find back their shelter. These trees will not only provide nutrition to the people but also uplift their economic conditions.
Where and how it will be implemented?
The foundation has been doing plantation activities as smaller scale for many years. We have the experience to enable communities on protecting trees for environment and livelihood. These fruit saplings will be planted in communities around 24 centers, Kishalay operates in different islands, namely Kochukhali, Chotomollakhali, Satjelia, Dhamakhali, Gosaba, Basanti, Manmathanagar, Bali, Kamakhyapur, Battali and Canning.
How it will benefit:
It will greatly help to replenish lost green damaged by Amphan. At the same time it will provide necessary nutrition to communities to mitigate hunger and malnutrition, which is rampant in this region.