What if farmers can get paid to take care of the trees that are planted in their lands? Farmers for Forests do exactly that.
Under their pioneering Payment-for-Ecosystem-Services model, agrarian and tribal communities are financially compensated for ecosystem conservation and restoration that their biodiverse forests provide.
These projects are led and managed by agrarian and indigenous communities with onground implementation support provided by F4F. Projects rope in existing government schemes, where possible, as well as philanthropic support. This additionally unlocks public funding through subsidies to offset some of the project costs.
Once the project is rolled out and the farmers are adequately supporting the trees planted in their lands, cash transfers are done directly into their accounts on a biannual basis.
Farmers for Forests is a not-for-profit headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, with an ambitious vision to sequester 25 million tonnes of CO2e per year by 2025. This is equivalent to what nearly 8 million Indians emit annually!
If you think about it, people engage in deforestation because there is money to be made.
Farmers for Forests reverses this by paying farmers to ensure there is no deforestation and biodiverse forests are grown on deforested or abandoned and degraded land. This model which provides farmers with stable, supplemental income to maintain forest lands, was voted as one of the Top Innovators in the Trillion Trees: India Challenge.