Khasi Hills Community Carbon

ESSENCE:

The Umiam Watershed in the East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya is India’s first community-based REDD + project.

Meghalaya is an extra-ordinary place, a high mountain plateau, cut off from the rest of India, and made up of Khasi Indigenous Kingdoms where people still live close to the forests. There are long established Khasi traditions of community forest management, sacred groves and communal forests, and a unique flora and fauna. Rapid deforestation is occurring at a rate of over 5% per year throughout the East Khasi Hills, threatening upland watersheds, household livelihoods, while also releasing substantial quantities of carbon. The Project is reversing deforestation in the Khasi Hills.

The project is a model that could be widely replicated throughout other areas in Northeast India.

 

IMPACTS:

This project is certified under Plan Vivo Standard and has been operational since 2014.