Women-led mangrove reforestation in Sunderbans, India

Organization: All India Women's Conference Calcutta

Country: India

Representative: Shikha Mitra

Website: http://aiwcecckolkata.org/

Solution awarded as: WGC member solution


Description of the project: Frequent cyclones in the Indian state of West Bengal damage mangroves, destroy agricultural land and affect soil fertility. In this context, inland and mangrove afforestation, as well as efforts to increase community resilience are crucial. This project, carried out by indigenous women, aims to train beneficiaries in the preparation of seedlings and the planting of mangroves. This protects the area from soil erosion and reduces the intensity of climate disasters. Women are also empowered economically through an organic farming and vermicomposting programme, which provides a sustainable source of income and ensures food security for local communities.

Climate impact
Resilience to climate disasters: mangroves reduce the impact of frequent cyclones
Mangrove plantation improves climate mitigation efforts through CO2 absorption
Organic waste management with vermicomposting contributes to climate mitigation and sustainable local farming
Gender impact
Women’s economic empowerment through capacity-building and income-generation
Indigenous women from vulnerable communities take on local leadership roles
Scalability / replicability
Easy-to-replicate concept using local knowledge with little financial cost
Training of Trainers model ensures the sustainability of the project
Improving food security and nutrition

Financially supported by: Gender CC Women for Climate Justice, supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Natural Conservation and Nuclear Safety