Commitment to Action

Safeguarding Forests & Biodiversity in Western Ghats

Commitment by

Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF)

In 2011, Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) committed to bring a minimum of 875 acres of private forests and sacred groves under long-term protection through innovative community-based conservation easements in the Western Ghats mountain region of India. These easements will protect fragile upland forests from further fragmentation and degradation and strengthen local communities by offering in-kind compensation in exchange for long-term protection of private forests. These services can include the repair of wells, stream restoration, provision of irrigation pipelines, building repair, and agroforestry technical support. AERF also committed to revive the participatory protection of 25 sacred groves and to scale up their nursery and reforestation program by raising and planting 25,000 saplings of rare and endemic tree species.

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Commitment

Safeguarding Forests & Biodiversity in Western Ghats

Launched

2011

Est. Duration

2 Years

Estimated Total Value

$350,000

Region

Asia

Countries

INDIA

Commitment by

Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF)

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP), Critical Ecosystems Protection Fund (CEPF), Conservation Stewards Programme (CSP)