Collective Action for Better Environment: Plantation of trees across the city of Mumbai with yearlong maintenance and nurturing across the city of Mumbai through citizen participation
Trees are an important source that helps in reducing pollution and providing cleaner air. The importance of trees in purifying the air, reducing global warming, preventing soil erosion, conservation of water, maintaining the ecological balance, providing natural resources as medicines, habitats for faunal species, providing nutrients to the soil etc. is well known. Tree plantation drives with provisions for long-term maintenance are an important measure towards reducing this imbalance
United Way Mumbai Helpline strives to do plantation of trees with yearlong maintenance and nurturing across the city of Mumbai through citizen participation and aims to address the issues of depletion of green cover in the city. Along with plantation, United Way Mumbai Helpline will maintain the planted tree for ensuring growth and survival. Though the MCGM usually makes provision for watering these plants, on annual basis, yet, there is ambiguity in the execution and difficulty in monitoring the same. Thus, United Way Mumbai Helpline outsources the watering and providing manure to the trees, to a local agency and closely monitors the same so as to ensure that the trees planted are nurtured throughout the year. For this, UWMH also mobilizes the local community representatives and volunteers to join during the tree plantation drives. This ensures that the neighboring community takes the onus of the trees planted and facilitate long-term maintenance.
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