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Agroforestry: Uttarakhand’s attempt to fight climate change and more!

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Agroforestry | Do you know what is going to save the world? It’s not the comfort you and also not your fancy cars or your designer clothes, it’s not your million-dollar mansions or your private jets. Nope. It’s trees. That’s right, those little green things that you might have forgotten about while you were busy scrolling through your Instagram feeds. But don’t worry, Uttarakhand’s got your back.

The Goal: Planting 100 Million trees in Uttrakhand 

Let’s get real for a minute here. The long-term vision of the tree planting campaign in Uttarakhand is not just to increase the green cover of the state, but to also create a self-sustaining ecosystem that can provide numerous benefits to the local communities and the environment. The campaign aims to plant 10 crores (100 million) of trees by 2024, which will cover an area of 5000 hectares across the state.

Farmers showing their Paddy and Poplar Trees based agroforestry, Haryana, India
Farmers showing their Paddy and Poplar Trees based agroforestry, Haryana, India | Photo credit: World Agroforestry Centre/ Devashree Nayak

One of the primary objectives of the campaign is to mitigate the effects of climate change by reducing the carbon footprint of the state. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. By increasing the green cover of Uttarakhand, the campaign aims to reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and contribute to global efforts to combat climate change.

Agroforestry: A Sustainable Future of Uttrakhand Farmers 

Besides reducing climate change, the tree planting campaign aims to give the people of Uttarakhand a more sustainable future. The state depends heavily on agriculture, and the agroforestry campaign aims to benefit farmers economically. By planting trees in agricultural fields, agroforestry improves soil health, conserves water, and provides shade to crops. As a result, farmers can earn more income from the sale of timber, fruits, and other products.

The tree planting campaign also aims to protect the biodiversity of Uttarakhand by creating corridors for wildlife to move through. The state is home to numerous endangered species such as the Bengal tiger, Asiatic black bear, and musk deer. By creating green corridors, the campaign aims to provide a safe habitat for these animals and reduce the instances of human-wildlife conflict.

Drive from Haridwar to Joshimath
Drive from Haridwar to Joshimath | Photo: Flickr

Another important objective of the campaign is to increase the resilience of Uttarakhand to natural disasters such as landslides and floods. The state is prone to these disasters due to its hilly terrain and the effects of climate change. Trees can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion, which can reduce the risk of landslides. Additionally, trees can absorb and retain water, which can reduce the intensity of floods and provide a buffer against droughts.


It’s a remarkable achievement and a beacon of hope for those fighting deforestation and climate change in Uttarakhand. A sustainable future can be created for ourselves and our children if we work hard and have a long-term vision. To protect our planet and ensure a better future for all, we need more initiatives like this.

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