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  project name ~ Natural resource mgnt 2007-08

category ~ Livelihood Generation




  Project Name


Natural resource mgnt 2007-08



Samrakshan Trust



Livelihood Generation



South Garo Hills




  Budget Approved


$ 7350


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Sridhar Vedachalam
Prasad Shenoy












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.





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.





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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