Evaluation of Existing Monitoring Processes and Systems and Verification and Reporting of Impacts Delivered by Tree Plantation Projects
CLIENT: One Tree Planted (OTP)
DURATION: July - August 2022
LOCATION: India (Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal)
One Tree Planted (OTP) is a US-based non-profit organisation focused on global reforestation. Their mission is to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. With their on-ground partners, OTP is restoring forests, creating habitat for biodiversity, and generating positive social impact around the world. In India, OTP is funding plantation of fruit and timber trees, and mangroves, specifically in West Bengal, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. The nature of such work requires effective cooperation between multiple organisations, farmers and landowners to meet plantation large-scale targets. More than 1,370,962 trees were planted 2019 and 2022, in collaboration with 11,600 farmers across 190 villages in Odisha, Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal.
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Desk reviews and assessment of data from socio-economic and biodiversity surveys conducted by local implementation partners, remote-sensing data (drone and satellite) collected by third-party partners, and donor reports submitted.
Visited forty agroforestry and mangrove plantation site visits across North and East India to validate presence and health of plantations against set targets.
Verified partner-reported impacts through facilitated individual and participatory group discussions with plantation partners, farmers, labourers & landowners, on-field.
Evaluated the role of plantations in facilitating post-climate-disaster recovery through physical protection of lives and infrastructure, and strengthened financial security.
Provided recommendations to strengthen project design and monitoring processes and systems, agroforestry and reforestation approaches, and on-ground implementation of plantation projects.