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.
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.
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Khasi Hills Ecosystem (KHE)
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January 2019 | Meetings took place in January, across various villages, with the members of the Farmer's club. The meetings evaluated the financial planning of groups of participants. This allowed the technicians to monitor and help improve the the financial planning of these groups. Where necessary, action plans were created to promote financial stability.
December 2018 | On the 29th of December, the MawlumTyrsad LWC organised a Sports and Meet for the four villages of the LWC. Both SHGs and villagers were present at the event. Various competitions took place at the event, with the purpose of raising awareness about the project and general conservation of forest landscape.
December 2018 | As a part of the tree adoption programme held earlier this year, students from Nongwah Govt. LP School participated in the installation of tree covers. These covers protect the trees in their early years. In total, 50 trees were covered.
December 2018 | The Socio-Economic team organized the Self Help Group Meet and Fest on the 12th of December. 410 participants attended, including the Headmen of the villages under the Project area, the Community Facilitators, Youth Volunteers, Self Help Groups and Farmer’s club from 62 villages. Speeches were given to participants of the Khasi Hills programme by programme staff. Talks and sketches about experiences on the project were also provided by participants. Finally, various competitions were held with certificates and prizes. The event showed that the locals appreciate the positive impact the project is having, both environmentally and socio-economically.