In cooperation with the Tagore Society for Rural Development (a
local non-governmental organization) and the Kyoto Forum, this
afforestation project in (western Bengal) India has yielded more
than 28 million trees to date.
Local residents have manually planted
trees in areas denuded by years of randomly cutting trees for use
as fuel. This successful
program has encouraged self-sufficiency by enabling residents’ participation,
execution, and management of this project.
In early 2007 eighteen
elephants were spotted in this forested area. Their return confirms
the successful transformation from
desert to natural habitat.
- at the projects start ~75 million hectares (185 million acres)
forest had already been destroyed
future generations in mind, women and children
benefits of planting trees
28 million trees, this vast reforestation project has enabled
elephants to return to their natural habitat.
photos were taken in 2006,
13 years after the start of the