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The Khasi Hills in the Indian ecoregion of Meghalaya is well known for being the wettest place on earth, as well as for its unique biodiversity. The villagers are Khasi tribes who have asked WeForest to help them restore their forests. Preparation, alternative sources of fuel, and new farming techniques are crucial when planning to stop further forest degradation. To further improve forest and family health, WeForest is actively coordinating a massive distribution of fuel-efficient cookers.
WeForest partners with indigenous governments and Khasi villages to restore the forests, using methods like Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) and enrichment planting. The local communities play a central role in the restoration: they manage the tree nurseries, perform the required thinning and weeding, establish natural fire lines, and delimit the no-go zones to protect the forest from animal grazing and human interference.
By supporting self-help groups and farmer’s clubs, WeForest empowers them to tackle poverty, unsustainable forest exploitation and to take ownership in restoring their forests. This is done through training and financial support for ecotourism initiatives, animal husbandry, tree nurseries, and subsidies for fuel-efficient cooking stoves to encourage a reduction in fuelwood consumption. The region benefits from direct employment opportunities. To mention just a few: regional community facilitators, forestry managers, accountants, project assistants, and others. The Khasi is one of the world’s few matrilineal societies where women are well represented in the project.
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