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  project name ~ Natural resource mgnt 2007-08

category ~ Livelihood Generation

 
       

  

     

  Project Name

 

Natural resource mgnt 2007-08

  NGO

 

Samrakshan Trust

  Category

 

Livelihood Generation

  District

 

South Garo Hills

  State

 

Meghalaya

  Budget Approved

 

$ 7350

 

  Year Approved

 

2007

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

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  Chapter Coordinators

 

Sridhar Vedachalam
Prasad Shenoy

 

Columbus
Portland

 

  Caption

 

 

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  Summary

 

 

The NGO, Samrakshan Trust, was established in 1999 and works to promote sustainable livelihoods for forest dwelling communities. They are committed to integrating conservation and development initiatives in ways that give local communities a strong stake in protecting and regenerating their surrounding natural resource base. Through these initiatives, their footprint ranges from a semi-arid tropical ecosystem around the Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh, to a mountain ecosystem in villages located near the Balpakram National Park in the South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya to the tropical rainforests in Mizoram.

The aim of this project is to stop the migration towards the modern cash-crop cultivation, and bring back the traditional cultivation practices to the South Garo Hill Akings. This is achieved by a mix of training programs and exposure visits for the locals to nearby Akings where such measures have been a success. Since the project aims at greater involvement of the community, Self Help Affinity Groups (SAGs) comprising women members are envisaged, which will deal in activities such as micro-credit, loan disbursal and manpower pooling. The proposed project will be implemented in two Akings - Balkal and Rongru Asim. This is the second year funding of the project by AID Chapters.

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

This project was implemented in 2006 in Rewak Aking, where it met with great success. By the end of the project phase, 12 SHGs were formed, have made great pogress and are functioning well. This years proposal aims at expanding the project to two more Akings - Balkal and Rongru Asim, and achieve similar results.

 

  Goals

 

 

1. Formation of 10 women-based community institutions which will sustain beyond the life of the project and link them up with financial institutions such as banks for obtaining loans. 2. To help the locals understand the environmental impact of change in cultivation pattern and to promote concern for wildlife amongst the community. 3. Encourage them to do bunding and terracing of jhum fields, promote Homestead / kitchen gardening, preparing organic manure, and also help them learn orchard and plantation management. 4. Obtain information about wildlife habitats and share this information with other agencies such as the Forest Dept, Public Works Dept, etc. Note: Limited expertise from external agencies like WWF, NERCRMP and MRDS will be used to achieve the above goals.

 
 

  


 
 
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