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Creating urban forest experiences in Gujarat

By Acacia Eco Trust
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
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203+ tonnesCO2e neutralised
5,200+ Climerscontributed
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India lost nearly 2 million hectares of tree cover between 2001 and 2020

This represents an overall decrease of nearly 5% tree cover over the last two decades. During times of rapid urbanisation, burgeoning population, and a very stretched urban infrastructure, it is critical to add and maintain urban forest cover in cities.

India will have nearly 814 million urban dwellers by 2050, compared to approximately 471 million in 2019.

Increasing extreme climate events, artificial flooding, air pollution, and water scarcity, make it imperative to ensure we have a first line of defence in the form of urban forests.

How does the project tackle this?

Urban forest parks for the community was inspired by the Japanese concept of forest bathing (Shinrin yoku), defined as a visit to the forest for relaxation and to improve one's health.

These parks so dense that they are rightfully named ‘Oxygen Parks’, and integrates usable green spaces into its design. Local communities and residents are involved in the entire process - from park design to plantation and maintenance.

Here is a video showcasing one of the first oxygen parks Acacia Eco Trust has developed in Ahmedabad - On this link

Climate moderation within urban neighbourhoods in the vicinity
Helps with stormwater management
Helps local flora and fauna thrive
Strong community ties, with an inclusive approach

About Acacia Eco Trust

Acacia Eco is an organisation that specialises in executing land restoration projects across India. Acacia works with a strong mission of enabling climate-positive cities that cancel out more carbon than they emit.

Acacia deploys several plantation techniques, including high-density forests with multiple species, inspired by the Miyawaki method. This results in faster growth, greater biodiversity, and higher density within the forests. All these collectively aid significantly higher carbon sequestration. Acacia has restored over 100 acres of land, and planted more than 850,000 trees, covering nearly 75 different native tree species.