Reforestation of Degraded Land in Chattisgrah, India
Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR)
696 acres (282 hectares)
India -- multiple sites in the Chattisgrah state
This reforestation project began in 2002 and will conclude in 2022. Situated on privately owned land in the Durg, Rajnandgaon and Raigarh districts of India, the project will reforest degraded areas that are known locally as "Bhata Lands", a name given to land with poor water-holding capacity, little-to-no vegetation and soils that are prone to wind and water erosion. The project will benefit the local community by sponsoring schoolteachers from nearby villages and participating in Durga Puja (a traditional Hindu festival) and other local events such as inter-village cricket matches. It provides a significant source of local employment and encourages the involvement of women in particular. In fact, women make up the majority of workers on the Rano and Lara project sites. For these exceptional benefits to the local community as well as others that go above-and-beyond the basic requirements for validation to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards, the Chattisgrah project received the prestigious "Gold Level" validation.