The two blocks of Jhadol and Gogunda in the Udaipur district of Rjasthan fall in the catchment of the river Sabarmati, and three of its major tributaries - Mansi, Wakal and Sei. Tribal communities make up about 90 per cent of the population here. The degradation of natural resources in the region has largely been in the form of loss of valuable species from the forests; land degradation; perennial rivers turning into seasonal rivers; and depletion of the water table in the region. This has placed in jeopardy the livelihoods of the inhabitant tribal communities that depend on these natural resources for fuel, fodder, water and other critical needs.
This project involves the planting of 29,990 saplings indigenous varieties of tree species (over an area of 100 hectares) as an important component of regenerating the degraded forests and other common lands, and positively impacting the lives of the 3,500 villagers (almost 650 households) in the villages of Tegra, Karech, Thadi Beri and Dhimdi in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan. Most of the saplings were raised in the local village nurseries and planted by the local communities themselves, with members of the community institutions overseeing the quality of work.