Key Objectives of Forest First Samithi

Ex-Situ Conservation of Endemic / RET Trees of Western Ghats

  • Identifying committed individuals, communities , schools , temples for space for ex-situ conservation
  • Provide technical support, maintenance for conserving the endemic species on biodiversity conservation plots
  • Creating nature interpretation / learning centre by conserving over 100 endemic tree species in 2-3 Acres of biodiversity conservation plots with community involvement
  • Procuring seeds from authentic sources like FRI, Dehradun , KFRI, Peechi and other reliable sources
  • Long term creation of local seed/ sapling  bank of  endemic and Rare Endangered and Threatened (RET)Tree species
  • On site seed bed preparation and nursery making in order to ensure better adaptation of saplings to local conditions
  • Planting and maintenance of tree saplings for minimum 3 years until the biodiversity conservation plot sustains without maintenance
  • Conserving riverine species working along the watershed areas of major rivers originating in Western Ghats
  • Tagging of species for its scientific and local names and documenting the uses
  • Monitoring of success rate of sprouting , planted sapling on a regular basis till 3 years
  • Providing local employment and creating local knowledge base on floral species
  • Land restoration of degraded patches by working on soil, water and floral conservation

Medicinal Plants, Wild edible fruits, Butterfly garden

  • Create medicinal garden along with endemic / RET conservation
  • Plant species that would attract local species of butterflies and bees that would enable pollination in nearby farms and forests
  • Conserving the wild edible endemic fruit species and enabling mainstream adoption of these species
  • Liaise with scientific research groups to convert scientific research and traditional knowledge into easily accessible local information

Youth Education on Nature Sciences

  • Seed sprouting techniques for school children to enable seed management and conservation
  • Soil and water management techniques on the field
  • Field based education on species identification, nature trails
  • Education on medical values of species of Western Ghats and its’ role in home remedy
  • Education on landscape importance of the place and its’ role in ensuring water security to rest of India
  • Conduct awareness programs involving local colleges and schools on ecological importance and potential health , water security and landscape issues due to human activities.

Community Awareness of Forest Flora

  • Jointly work with Forest department to bring in endemic tree species diversity in their nurseries for degraded forest management
  • Enabling local communities by reviving riverine species diversity that has been lost due to monoculture planting of silver oak and eucalyptus
  • Enable youth groups for floral species conservation in catchment areas of major rivers of Western Ghats
Organic Farming
  • Create model farms that would ensure environmental and economic sustainability. Introduce methods that would reduce operating expense and increase productivity.
  • Create local expertise on organic farming methods like natural farming, zero budget farming . Adopt permaculture design principles wherever possible
  • Provide practical sessions to farmers on preparation of indigenous micro organisms
  • Encourage and propagate  local and traditional seeds in farms involving with local expert groups
  •  Propagate and re introduce  millets  in local farms
  • Sustain local crops and cash crops organically to ensure locals adopt the possibility of organic farming
  • Involve local women’s self help groups for leasing possibility in paddy fields , production of local products  leveraging traditional knowledge
  • Conduct awareness programs on impact of chemicals and pesticides and introduce organic methods for locals
  • Knowledge dissemination on methodology of in-farm produces and indigenous micro organisms
  • Introduce farming in local schools encouraging school children in the process of organic farming.

 

Sustainable Habitats

  • Planting various species of  bamboo for propagation , extraction and use for local needs
  • Creating smaller spaces for habitat using local material like mud, straw, arecanut, bamboo, recycled materials.
  • Reduce dependency on grid and encourage use of solar and bio methanation.
  • Harvest rain water and divert to local recharge ponds / springs
  • Maintain and revive indigenous tribal techniques on sustainable habitat
  • Implement composting or dry toilets to reduce dependency on water
  • Promote mud cobbing, adobe , rammed earth as per the conditions of local soil

Waste Management

  • Improve awareness of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
  • Identify local raddiwalas in smaller towns and link waste pickers to as many homes as possible
  • Design and plan collection points for dry waste
  • Encourage bio gas /composting for local homes needs