November 14, 2019
One of the first REDD + projects in Asia that is implemented and coordinated by local communities. The project currently protects and restores an area of over 27,000 hectares of forest.
The project is located in the district of Khasi in Meghalaya, northeast India. The area has been described as the most humid place on earth because of the frequent rain. The area is rich in biodiversity, home to sacred forests, ancient stone monoliths and kaza communities. The rapid deforestation in the area not only threatens the climate through the release of carbon dioxide, but also local waterways and people’s long-term livelihood.
The project aims to combat deforestation and restore the area’s forests for the benefit of people and nature. It is one of the first REDD + projects in Asia to be implemented and coordinated by local communities. It works with ten Kyrgyz governments (HIMA) and 62 villages to preserve 27,000 hectares of cloud-rainforest.
Another key objective of the project is to deliver long-term strategies to address poverty among rural families. A special focus is on women who are trained to take care of the microfinance groups created within the framework of the project. Efficient cookstoves are also manufactured and installed. The goal is to install cookstoves in 5,000 households to further reduce the consumption of firewood. It will also improve the indoor climate and reduce smoke pollution in the homes.