Billion Trees Project

The ‘Billion Trees Project’ is an ambitious initiative to plant one billion trees in India being taken up by www.GreenVein.org. The GreenVein initiative is promoted by Niv Art Centre , Delhi under the leadership of Swami Samvidanand.

The project, as the name specifies, aims to take up extensive afforestation programs throughout India. It will be explored and implemented through a multi-stake holder yet community led partnership effort. Trees, which fit into to the geography, habitat, culture and people will be selected locally for plantation. Afforestation in degraded forest land, urban as well as rural habitats, farm lands, wetlands and other degraded or other forms of land will also come under the purview of the project, which will enable larger participation as well as diverse approach. In the long run, the project would like to include institutional / corporate entities who believe in greening and afforestation to the core, to gain Carbon Credits. This is a pan India initiative, which, will spread to all Indian states and union territories in a phase by phase manner. 

The project have a comprehensive approach from finding appropriate seeds, adoption of planting methods as well as nurturing, finding local community partners, finding resource partners and ensuring long term goal of restoring natural forests. The project will cover the spirit of the 7th commitment of “Ensuring Environment Sustainability” specified in the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) promoted by the UN and the objectives of “Green India Mission” promoted by the government of India under the National Action Plan on Climate Change. The unique feature of ‘Billion Trees Project’ is the opportunity for the people, institutions and corporate entities to actively participate and share ownership of the initiative. The locations will vary from rural, to semi-urban to urban areas, which will depend upon the availability and requirement.

Objectives

The aim of the One Billion Trees project is to address environmental degradation through a multi-stakeholder pan-India movement for afforestation. Once the movement covers 30 Indian states, one Billion saplings will be planted under the project . We are planning to have nurseries in each and every state which will provide saplings for afforestation programs.

 STRATEGIC INTERVENTION

    a.       Community Participation
 
    1.       The project will adhere to a strong “participatory” community approach.
    2.       All decisions to be taken after consultation and dialogue with the community members.
    3.       Equal participation of women.
    4.       Strongly follow a process and value driven principle and not productivity driven.
    5.       Involvement of children, women in tree plantation.
    6.       Creation of tree protection committees (Van Rakshan Samiti) or committees as per the State Government schemes.

    b.      Partnership with Government
 
    1.       Work in partnership with the government.
    2.       Identification of Government forest land and plant trees pertaining to the region.
 
    c.       Establishment of Nursery
 
    1.       Establishment of nursery in government and private land across the country.
    2.       Producing necessary saplings based on need pertaining to the region.
    3.       Establishing nursery at strategic location pertaining to the altitude.
    4.       Variety of saplings produced which includes social forestry, orchids, ornamental, medicinal, tress which observes carbon contents like baniyan tree                      (bhojavrisha) and many more to be produced.
 
    d.      Tree Plantation
 
    1.       Identification of strategic forest locations for tree plantation.
    2.       Acquiring forest land from the Forest department through long term lease and planting tress in these areas.
    3.       Involving community members, children, self motivated volunteers to come forward for tree plantation.
    4.       Creating awareness on the importance of tree and forest in life thereby building a sense of civic responsibility and accountability amongst people.
 
    e.      Wildlife cover
 
    1.       Programme will not merely focus on tree plantation exclusively, but will have a holistic approach.
    2.       One of the approaches will be to create wildlife cover.
    3.       Beside tree plantation, programme will aim to create space for animals with in the forest by ensuing sufficient forest space, provision of water facilities,           creation of water points for animals to consume water, fruit orchards for animals like monkeys etc.
 
    f.        Forest based livelihood options
 
    1.       Building knowledge and skills levels of women and community members residing near the forest areas on various forest based livelihood options.
    2.       Generating sustainable forest based livelihood opportunities.
    3.       Creation of backward and forward linkages on the created products.
 
    PROJECT INITIATION

    1.       The project is initiated for a period of 21 years.
    2.       Greenvein will partnership with local NGOs  and other likeminded institutions in the respective region to promote this initiative.
    3.       It is a humble initiative to plant one billion plants. Our aim is to develop this into a self sustainable project in the upcoming years.
    4.       Greenvein will organise the activity with state level and district level co-ordinators and volunteers from all over India.
    5.       National, State and District level coordinators will be appointed.
    6.       The organisation will include students from schools and colleges and various other organizations to be part of this and to propagate the idea.
    7.       Various measures to promote this programme will be initiated viz., documentaries, haritha sandesh yatra, mass media, campaigns, exhibitions, etc.
    8.       The program will aim to bring in a change in the mindset and behaviour of the people, on their understanding and significance of tree plantation,                      thereby bring a in a positive culture. 
Location

There will be Five phases for this project
    1. The first phase will cover Utharakhand, Orissa,Delhi, UttarPradesh, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. 
    2. Secondphase aims to cover Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.
    3. Third phase will cover Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,West Bengal, Goa and Punjab. 
    4. Fourth phase includes Sikkim, Nagaland, Jammu&Kashimir , Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Mizoram.
    5. Fifth phase aims to cover Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkand, Meghalaya, Tripura and other union territories

            Join the ‘Billion Trees Project’

            Institutions, corporate entities and individuals who believe in fighting environmental degradation through afforestation can join hands with www.GreenVein.org initiative for the ‘Billion Trees Project’. Your contributions to the project will have Income Tax exemption.

            The options for your contribution are as follows:-
            • You can contribute One unit of 500 trees for Rs. 3000/-
            • For corporate entities, 10 units will be the minimum size of contribution
            • There is no minimum units for individuals
            • Contributors will have the choice to select the locations
            • Those who contribute more than 2 units will be given opportunity to stay in Himalayan heights in pristine nature in an Ashram environment for one week every year

            For more information, please contact our co-ordinators