Khasi Hills Community REDD+ Project – India // GO BACK

The Khasi Hills Community REDD+ Project is India’s first community-based REDD+ programme, and will protect and restore 27,000 ha of cloud forest.

The project aims to preserve sacred groves and other forest areas, including watersheds, and to re-plant surrounding land.

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The Khasi Hills Community REDD+ Project is situated in the East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya, India. It engages ten indigenous Khasi governments (hima) with 62 villages. The area was chosen on the grounds of established Khasi traditions of forest conservation and legal right for natural resource management.

This REDD+ project aims to slow, halt and reverse the loss of community forests by providing support, new technologies and financial incentives to conserve existing forests and regenerate degraded forests. The project intervention area is a global biodiversity hotspot, providing habitat to many endangered species.

Another primary objective of the project is to deliver long-term strategies to address extreme poverty facing rural families and is involved in the establishment of women-run microfinance institutions. The Khasi Hills Community Carbon project aims to reduce deforestation and restore forests at the same time. It does so by attacking the area’s root causes of deforestation.

Therefore, the project focuses on reducing the number and severity of forest fires by establishing firelines which are maintained and monitored during the fire season by local communities. To reduce fuelwoodcollection, fast-growing woodlots are being established near villages to cover the demand for firewood.

The project is manufacturing and installing fuel-efficient cook stoves and plans to subsidise the majority of the 5,000 households in the project area. As a result of this activity, fuelwood consumption and indoor smoke pollution will be reduced improving forest and family health.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Location:

East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya, India

Operational Since:

2011

Project Coordinator:

Community Forestry International / Ka Synjuk Ki Hima Arliang Wah Umiam

PVCS Issued to date:

68,404

Area of land under management:

15,217 ha (REDD+: 9,270 ha Dense Forest, ANR: 5,947 ha. Open Forest)

Participants:

62 village groups

Project interventions:

  • REDD+
  • Assisted Natural Regeneration

Milestones:

Registration in 2013
Verified in 2017

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Project Location

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LATEST NEWS

April 2015 | Community Forestry International has produced a new documentary "When the Forest is Home". Watch the documentary here.

March 2015 | CFI, Khasi's Hills's project coordinator, hosted a workshop on REDD+ PES schemes in Indonesia. Read more about it here.

March 2015 | CFI, Khasi's Hills's project coordinator, hosted a workshop on REDD+ PES schemes in Indonesia. Read more about it here.