Afforestation and restoration of mangroves in Sundarban through community participation: a pilot phase

Sundarbans mangrove ecosystem in the state of West Bengal, India is part of World’s largest delta and fundamental to the existence of this part of the world. Increasing climate threats, erosion and deforestation have made this ecosystem vulnerable putting its inhabitants and biodiversity at risk of evasion. Reforestation is of urgent need as only mangroves can protect the inland from disasters to save both forest and livelihoods of local people, by building a functioning ecosystem.
In this initiative NEWS with financial support from Germany based company Alnatura has started a pilot phase afforestation in 1 hectares of land at Madhusudanpur Gram Panchayat of Kakdwip Development Block, South 24 Parganas, Sundarbans, West Bengal, India.

Funded By: Alnatura, Germany
Project Duration: Started in 2016

1. Implement a mangrove restoration programme with the local communities above all especially women.

2. Conservation, sustainable management and ecosystem rebuilding operations will involve local communities intending to secure sustainable livelihood means.

3. Women farmers / fisher-women will be capacitated and empowered to be the future leaders.

Mangrove plantation site has been selected which is located at Lakkhipur mudflat under Madhusudanpur Gram Panchayat of Kakdwip Development Block, South 24 Parganas, Sundarbans, West Bengal, India.

Capacity building programmes has been undertaken.

Seed collection and nursery raising has been completed.

A plantation design has been developed and implemented.

Plantation was carried out with 4 species of saplings and 2 species of seeds by the women of the community.

Regular monitoring and protection of the saplings and seeds are being carried out by the women of the local community to increase their survival rate.

Importance on the natural and assisted regeneration was emphasized to the community members and monitoring of the same is done by the community