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Malpani SmutrI Center

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India is reported to be the second highest country in the world for deforestation. This is due to a growing population, increasing urbanisation, drought and the clearing of forests for farming.

Tribal communities are at risk of seeing their age old cultures and traditions dying as they are displaced from their land and attracted by city life.

How we help

We are developing and planting a Miyawaki forest to ensure the indigenous biodiversity of five acres of land in Chikhalgaon close to Kinhawali in Thane District. We are planting 25,000 trees to increase the forest cover of the area, serving as the lungs to the highly urbanised areas of Thane and Mumbai.

The forest will include fruit trees such as fig, mulberry, tamarind, Indian gooseberry, jackfruit, black plum and mango and other native trees such as banyan, night jasmine, flame of the forest, drumsticks, curry leaves, golden champa and frangipani.

The forest has been designed to prevent erosion and bleaching of the soil and will only use sustainable farming practices and organic materials like manure, jeevan amrut, mulching, cocopit, ensuring our trees grow faster with less water and harm to the environment.

We are grateful to Mastek Foundation for helping secure the funds to create this environmental project.

Who we help

 

By employing the local Katkari tribal community as gardeners and custodians of our forest we are helping them retain their culture, independence and dignity. We are also working with Paani Foundation to ensure environmental and water conservation.

Creating this forest will help conserve the local flora and fauna and future plans include the introduction of bee hives and butterfly gardens.

How you can help

You can visit our miyamaki forest to learn from our sustainable practices.

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