ACT For Environment Grantee: Farmers For Forests
Planting the seeds for social change; one farmer at a time!
Climate change cannot be solved without addressing ecosystem destruction and biodiversity loss. This was the thought that led Krutika Ravishankar, Jaspreet Kaur and Arti Dhar to start Farmers For Forests – an organisation that empowers the farmer community to combat deforestation.
Farmers For Forests was born of an urgent need to come up with a sustainable & scalable solution that enables reforestation; in a way that is inclusive of the economic interests of the community.
Using the innovative payment for ecosystem services (PES) model, local farmers are treated as stewards of the forests and are financially compensated for implementing actions that nurture young forests or protect the biodiversity of existing ones – like carbon sequestration, groundwater recharge, nurturing biodiversity habitat, afforestation etc.
The model provides a sustainable way to encourage indigenous communities to work towards ecosystem protection by helping them get additional income & livelihood security.
We’re thrilled to have them on board and look forward to the positive impact their work will have on India’s green goals!
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