URBAN AFFORESTATION
Building back the forest cover in cities
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THE NEED

Forests play an extremely important role in ensuring ecological balance and the existence of life on the earth. As per government estimates, India's total forest and tree cover now stands at 80.73 million hectares—roughly 24.5% of its geographical area. This is far from the target of 33%, which India has committed to raise to by 2030. We also continue to lose forest cover at a rapid pace due to development projects and encroachment. With 5 trees per human against the prescribed ratio of 7 trees per human, there is an increasing need to build back the forest cover in our cities.

Source - Livemint | Downtoearth 

SOLUTION

In an attempt to build back the forest cover, we undertake plantation drives across the country. Dense and Miyawaki plantation are two types of afforestation methods deployed basis the availability of land.

Forests grown under the Miyawaki method grow 10 times faster, they are 100 times more biodiverse and have 30 times more green surface. The Miyawaki method of afforestation involves the planting of a number of different types of trees close together in a small area. The method works well in cities and places where there is less available land for plantation of forests.

Dense plantation is preferred in large pockets of land. This type of plantation retains more ground water and recharges the ground water table. It attracts more birds and insects, produces native fruits and improves air quality.

The plantation involves the following key steps:

The land is cleaned through tilling and removal of weeds. Pits are dug and drip irrigation systems are set up as required. In the Miyawaki method, the topsoil upto a depth of 1 mtr is recovered by mixing the soil and a compost from organic materials, such as fallen leaves, mowed grass, etc.
The soil is tested to find deficiencies which could hinder plant growth. In case of the Miyawaki method a mixture of husk, hay, cocopeat and manure is then mixed with the soil to increase fertility. For dense plantations, compost/manure is added to each pit.

Mulching is done to prevent soil dryness, erosion on steep slopes, weed growth, to protect seedlings against cold, and act as manure as materials decompose.
The saplings are planted during a favourable season and maintained for a period of 2 years post plantation. At the end of this period, the 'urban forest' is able to sustain itself.
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UPDATES


TRANSFORMATION OF A LANDFILL SITE INTO AN URBAN FOREST
We at United Way Mumbai develop urban forests using dense plantation techniques like that discovered by Dr. Akira Miyawaki, high density plantation methods etc. We have planted urban forests at various types of locations including transformat
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Transformation of a landfill site into an Urban forest

25th April 2024

We at United Way Mumbai develop urban forests using dense plantation techniques like that discovered by Dr. Akira Miyawaki, high density plantation methods etc.


We have planted urban forests at various types of locations including transformation of a landfill site into an Urban forest at Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, an aesthetic urban forest at Sect. 150 Noida, Urban forest along the railway lines at SMV-terminal, Bengaluru, City forest at Indralok, Bhayander (Mumbai), Native forest on hill slopes of SRPF-Goregaon (Mumbai), Native forest on fallow lands at SRPF-Taloja (Mumbai), Urban forest on railway’s reclaimed land at North Lalaguda-Hyderabad etc.


We have planted and are maintaining more than 1,25,000 trees on government lands across 6 cities in 2023-2024. The species planted belong to 100% native and endemic habitat.

There has been an increase in biodiversity and improvement in soil’s physico-chemical components of the site.


United way Mumbai has developed different monitoring and assessment processes to evaluate the impact and growth of the forests, these include:

  1. Updated species list and its cross checking through periodic visits.
  2. Survival rate analysis by regular counting and species level count check.
  3. Scientific analysis of plantation and maintenance methodologies.
  4. Assessment of biodiversity seasonally.
  5. Before and after soil test.
  6. Geo-tagging of trees.



AGRO FORESTRY MODEL IMPLEMENTED IN SOLAPUR
We have developed an agri-horti model of plantation. This includes plantation of horticulturally significant tree-species on agricultural lands to support farmer’s income and to increase green cover on that region. We are planting more
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Agro forestry model implemented in solapur

25th April 2024

We have developed an agri-horti model of plantation. This includes plantation of horticulturally significant tree-species on agricultural lands to support farmer’s income and to increase green cover on that region.


We are planting more than 5000 trees with 12 farmers in Solapur. These are supported by runners of  the TATA Mumbai Marathon’s Green Bib Campaign. 


The reporting and monitoring data shall be periodically shared with donors, this will include:

  1. Geo-tags
  2. Species list
  3. Count of survival
  4. Site photographs



TREE PLANTATION DRIVE IN PUNE
NESS Digital Engineering pvt. Ltd. supported tree plantation drive: We conducted a plantation drive at Nimgaon, Pune to plant 729 saplings supported by and replantation and maintenance of 5900 saplings
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Tree plantation drive in Pune

24th April 2024

NESS Digital Engineering pvt. Ltd. supported tree plantation drive: We conducted a plantation drive at Nimgaon, Pune to plant 729 saplings supported by and replantation and maintenance of 5900 saplings



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