We have chosen to focus on reforestation as our campaign because of the:
• Vital role trees play in cooling our climate both locally and globally
• Role that reforestation can play in community empowerment
• To encourage biodiversity
200 years ago, Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF) stretched for 1000km down the Coromandel coast on India’s eastern seaboard, running through the Kaliveli watershed; a unique 750 sq km rain-fed catchment. This biome provided an environment that allowed life to flourish, with records showing that even elephants once roamed here. However by the 1960’s less than 5% of this precious forest remained.
However the hard work of a small group individuals who later formed Pitchandikulum Bio Resource Cent (PBRC) have successfully been implementing TDEF restoration since the 1960’s while also empowering local women within their communities by enabling them to create sustainable livelihoods from forest products.