The communities with whom PRERANA works are dependent on the natural resources – water, soil, tree-cover for their sustenance. While these resources are crucial to the sustenance of these communities, at the same time, these are getting degraded at an alarming rate. United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15 (SDG 15) Life on Land, calls for promoting sustainable conservation, restoration and use of terrestrial ecosystems, in particular, forests, through sustainable forest management practices.
As per the World Bank Report approximately 50% of India’s population lives in locations that would become moderate or severe hotspots by 2050. As per these predictions, inland areas, which also constitute the majority of PRERANA’s field sites will be particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change induced temperature and precipitation changes.
PRERANA is addressing these challenges through its work on natural resource management and investing in the capacity of communities to manage forest resources in a participatory, inclusive and sustainable manner.
This work aligns closely with SDG 15. Key projects in this domain have linked rural livelihoods with restoration of natural resources, such as forests; to augment local incomes through alternate land based livelihood activities and forest based enterprise development.
in Gaya Forest Division of Bihar state, PRERANA worked closely with the State Forest Department under USAID supported Forest-PLUS 2.0 project and increased economic opportunities for the communities living in and around forest areas by strengthening Joint Forest Management and Eco Development activities.
PRERANA organized structured capacity building programs for local communities and promoted Moringa, Neem, Non-Timber Forest Produce, Sabai Grass and Eco-Tourism based enterprises.
In Hoshangabad Forest Division of Madhya Pradesh state, PRERANA worked closely with the State Forest Department under USAID supported Forest-PLUS project to strengthen Joint Forest Management activities. PRERANA organized structured capacity building programs for local communities and undertook field demonstrations of tools, techniques and methodologies for sustainable harvesting of Non-Timber Forest Produce.
In Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts in Uttar Pradesh state, PRERANA worked closely with the State Forest Department under JICA supported project and consolidate Joint Forest management and Eco Development activities through restoring degraded forests, augmenting forest resources and improving forest based alternate livelihood avenues for the local communities.
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