How a Cooperative Conserved Rainwater To Grow a Forest in a Drought-prone Dharmapuri of Tamil Nadu

  January 14, 2020

A cooperative in drought-prone Dharmapuri district, Tamil Nadu has shown that growing a forest and rainwater harvesting can be a profitable business and generate livelihood. This is a 250-acres green patch with a number of rainwater harvesting structures spread across the area. Piyush Manush, an environmental activist from Tamil Nadu is the man behind this innovative and enterprising idea. The primary objective of this forest is not only to demonstrate that afforestation can be a decent source of income but also a sustainable and eco-friendly way of living. The forest has over a lakh (.1 million) bamboo and Aloe Vera plants which is used commercially. There are also different varieties of fruit trees which provide seasonal revenue. The forest is also responsible for groundwater recharge in the vicinity and has improved the water table in the area.

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