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Eco-restoration and Institution Strengthening

Submitted by Dirk Rolker 5th April 2013 4:50

The livelihoods of indigenous communities in Mandla district in Madhya Pradesh depend upon small-scale farming, fishing and forest produce. Diversity of species and ecosystem services provide them with fuel, food, fodder, housing material, medicine, and spiritual sustenance. Agriculture is predominantly rain-fed. Recent changes in rainfall and temperature have impacted heavily on agriculture and influence biodiversity as well. At the same time forests suffer stress from overuse. The adaptive capacities of the people of Mandla are generally low due to low literacy levels combined with a low asset base of livestock, land and equipment.

The project aims to restore the ecology of degraded forested landscapes by improving the biodiversity of these landscapes, reducing soil erosion, and strengthening the collective efforts of village institutions. These measures will provide a greater variety of choices of livelihood and thus sustain food security. Despite the challenge posed by increasing climate variability, the project also aims to improve gains from agriculture.


This project is a joint undertaking of the project Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas of India (CCA RAI) and the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES).

CCA RAI is jointly implemented by the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) and the German development organisation Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.