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Amid The COVID-19 Crisis, Grow-Trees.Com Planted 26 Lakh Trees And Created Jobs

The organisation Grow-Trees.com planted about 26 lakh trees and provided employment opportunities amid the reverse migration during the COVID-19 pandemic in India

Amid The COVID-19 Crisis, Grow-Trees.Com Planted 26 Lakh Trees And Created Jobs
Highlights
  • People in rural areas planted trees which helped them get jobs amid COVID
  • The project was carried out in 23 states of the country
  • Thousands of people participated in the plantation virtually

New Delhi: In the year 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented crisis in terms of health, economy and isolation faced by people due to lockdowns to control the outbreak. For the rural communities in India, it was a phase of acute economic distress, unemployment and hardships. At a time like this, one social enterprise, was not just greening eroded tracts of community land and replenishing water bodies, but also supporting rural communities to earn their livelihood with dignity.

Over 26 lakh trees were planted across 23 states of India in 2020 with the help of locals and migrants fleeing to villages from cities due to the shutdown of all economic activities. Grow-Trees.com, a social enterprise provides a one-of-a-kind ‘Greet with Trees’ service that allows individuals and corporates to commemorate special occasions by planting trees on behalf of their family, friends or employees. These trees get dedicated by a user and then planted in projects initiated by the organisation in the rural parts of India.

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Thousands of individuals across the globe participated in this plantation drive by virtually adopting these trees and using a unique method for sustainable gifting.

In this way, the organisation not only provided immediate employment opportunities but also allowed the people who planted these trees to extract benefits in the form of fruit, fodder and other forest produce by selling these.

Bikrant Tiwary, the CEO of Grow-Trees.com told NDTV that the most rewarding aspect of this entire process is that, at a time when farming and plantation have become mostly mechanised, Grow-Trees.com was able to provide livelihood opportunities to pandemic hit villagers by engaging them in work that not just benefits them but also the environment they live in. He said,

We are happy that despite difficulties in 2020, we were able to extend our umbrella of projects to 23 states of India, helped rural communities in their time of need, and generated workdays for them. The plantation drives also improved the environment in tangible ways. Water tables are expected to rise due to the growing vegetation, conflicts between humans and animals are reduced, and villagers could grow inexpensive fodder for their cattle instead of having to buy it. In different states of India local species of trees were planted in collaboration with corporate partners for the benefit of local topography and communities. Growing more trees also helped the animal habitats to thrive.

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These trees were planted in the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary in Jharkhand among various other national sanctuaries, rural areas and reserve forests in about 23 states of the country.

Dalma Wildlife Reserve’s Gram Pradhan, Devendra Singh told NDTV about how the plantation drives helped the rural communities, he said,

Not only have the trees helped to stop the elephants from raiding our crops, the improved ecosystem gives economic sustenance to villagers. Not to mention, employment opportunities to those who need it the most.

Reserve’s Supervisor Surinder Mahto told us that about 150 people are employed in the planation drive from his village.

After the hardship inflicted by COVID-19, the poverty-stricken villagers are finally getting economic sustenance. In my village, here in Jharkhand, over 150 men and women are working in the plantation drive and getting extensive support to earn their living. At a time like this, this work has been of great help to us. Also, the plants will not just help us by providing us with fodder, crops and other produce in future but also improve the environment. I work here as the supervisor and oversee all the work. The villagers will continue to take care of the trees and protect them from any foreseeable danger.

Mr Tiwary said that they are hopeful of continuing the initiative in 2021 and aim to plant 7 million trees in the coming monsoon.

Grow-Trees.com will continue to support communities in need while also providing individuals and corporates with the opportunity to plant trees in public lands, near wildlife habitats, communal holy places, schools and government-owned deforested or denuded areas.

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During the pandemic, the organisation also provided dry ration kits to over 400 households near plantation sites in Maharashtra, which were sufficient for about 64,000 meals. Furthermore, training programs in fishery and bee-keeping skills were also initiated to generate immediate employment avenues, Mr Tiwary said.

While Mr Tiwary declined to share the monetary income earned by the community members, citing their policy, he revealed that the initiative as generated about 600,000 working days for them. He said,

We believe in creating holistic impact on our biodiversity, starting with generating direct employment for the rural communities. They are involved in all stages of the plantation process, earning extra income from the work. We have generated about 600,000+ workdays of employment via our plantation initiatives. Further, these trees will not only benefit the environment but will also help the community members earn from their produce. The communities can consume the produce or sell them in the local market, once the trees are mature and are bearing fruit and other produces.

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World

24,24,98,327Cases
20,40,54,102Active
3,35,14,449Recovered
49,29,776Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,24,98,327 and 49,29,776 have died; 20,40,54,102 are active cases and 3,35,14,449 have recovered as on October 22, 2021 at 5:24 am.

India

3,41,43,236 15,786Cases
1,75,7453,086Active
3,35,14,449 18,641Recovered
4,53,042 231Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,43,236 confirmed cases including 4,53,042 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,75,745 and 3,35,14,449 have recovered as on October 22, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,98,218 1,573

27,899 1,434

64,30,394 2,968

1,39,925 39

Kerala

48,88,523 8,733

82,093 1,240

47,79,228 9,855

27,202 118

Karnataka

29,84,849 365

9,017 86

29,37,848 443

37,984 8

Tamil Nadu

26,91,797 1,164

13,790 268

26,42,039 1,412

35,968 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,62,303 493

5,500 66

20,42,476 552

14,327 7

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,068 10

107 5

16,87,062 14

22,899 1

West Bengal

15,83,646 833

7,535 44

15,57,090 775

19,021 14

Delhi

14,39,488 22

311 1

14,14,087 21

25,090

Odisha

10,37,056 524

4,336 51

10,24,422 573

8,298 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,773 38

206 21

9,91,995 16

13,572 1

Rajasthan

9,54,395 2

36 2

9,45,405 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,353 13

156 20

8,16,110 33

10,087

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,721 12

88 6

7,82,110 6

10,523

Haryana

7,71,125 9

131 2

7,60,945 11

10,049

Bihar

7,26,042 6

30 0

7,16,351 6

9,661

Telangana

6,69,739 183

3,967 1

6,61,829 183

3,943 1

Assam

6,07,811 384

3,762 152

5,98,087 228

5,962 4

Punjab

6,02,135 22

226 6

5,85,358 27

16,551 1

Jharkhand

3,48,526 40

166 24

3,43,225 16

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,787 14

176 0

3,36,213 14

7,398

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,386 87

814 14

3,26,143 73

4,429

Himachal Pradesh

2,22,138 202

1,452 58

2,16,955 140

3,731 4

Goa

1,77,765 59

618 21

1,73,790 35

3,357 3

Puducherry

1,27,564 43

454 7

1,25,258 50

1,852

Manipur

1,23,051 81

1,346 14

1,19,800 94

1,905 1

Mizoram

1,15,944 737

10,034 229

1,05,510 962

400 4

Tripura

84,369 18

105 10

83,448 8

816

Meghalaya

83,210 52

735 26

81,034 76

1,441 2

Chandigarh

65,315 3

26 2

64,469 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,065 22

140 2

54,645 20

280

Sikkim

31,819 19

185 10

31,241 9

393

Nagaland

31,670 11

250 5

30,743 15

677 1

Ladakh

20,896 10

43 9

20,645 1

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,678 2

4 2

10,670

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

7 0

7,510

129

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