May The Forest Be With You… COTAP visits the Khasi Hills (2023)
We hope you enjoy this mini-documentary about our November 2022 visit to the Khasi Hills Community REDD+ Project in Meghalaya, India. If you enjoy watching it, PLEASE take a moment to do all that "influencer stuff" like liking, sharing, and subscribing to our channel : )
The Khasi Hills project was the first of its kind in India, and remains one of few worldwide that is fully owned and operated by local indigenous communities. Ten years on, this trailblazing and exemplary project has proven the concept and is paving the way for more indigenous-led forest conservation carbon projects in Northeastern India and beyond.
Since 2014, Cotappers have delivered over $230K in carbon offset funding for the project, which spans 90.7 square miles and over 7,400 households, and through 2021 the project has made $350,451 in payments to 86 villages. COTAP was one of the project's earliest supporters, and we were the first carbon offsets partner to visit the project.
There were already PLENTY of important, serious, detailed, and technical films, documentation, and reports about the Khasi Hills Community REDD+ Project. So, we are aiming to put out something a little lighter, more fun, and more personal...
We spent 3 days checking out a wide range of project activities and chatting up project staff and beneficiaries in order to learn how the project is addressing deforestation, creating income, and improving lives. We found out things like the proper width of a fire line and how a propane stove can improve someone's social life. The Khasi we met were some of the most kind, modest, hardworking, regular folk you'll ever meet. And it was surprising to feel homesick to leave a place after less than a week...
CORRECTION: At the 19:08 mark where the subtitle says "...every girl child has the path" should say "...every girl child has the part". As in part of the family property.
You can support the Khasi Hills REDD+ project by offsetting your unavoidable CO2 emissions here:
The donation rate is $15 per tonne, with the project receiving 90% of funds and sharing 60%+ with participating communities, and it’s tax-deductible in the U.S. Your support enables the Synjuk ("Federation" in Khasi) to continue to protect and restore their forests while improving livelihoods for the local community.
Directed by Minnie Vaid of Little Doc Productions.
Beatrice Ahimbisibwe Country: Uganda Community: Bitereko Trees Planted: 1,400 Total Earnings To Date: $1,831 Livelihood Benefits: New house, furniture, children's school fees, invested in building a new school
Anastazia Solomon Country: Malawi Village: Mkokamwendo Trees Planted: 467 over 1 ha & 800-meters boundary plantings Climate Benefit: 193 tonnes of CO2 Earnings To Date: $360 Total Expected Earnings: $600 Livelihood Benefits: Children's school fees, home improvements, pig farming
Musingo Mikhaya Country: Uganda Village: Bukusu Trees Planted: 330 Climate Benefit: 178.4 tonnes of CO2 Earnings To Date: $142 Total Expected Earnings: $472 Livelihood Benefits: Healthcare costs, children's school fees, supported livestock farming, transport of farm produce to markets
Marcelino Arostegui Mendosa Country: Nicaragua Community: Morcillo Trees Planted: 2,917 Total Earnings To Date: $446.24 Total Expected Earnings: $1,711.13 Livelihood Benefits: Tools for farm repairs, extra food and supplies, fuelwood
Maria Elisa Gonzales Country: Nicaragua Community: La Grecia Trees Planted: 3,167 Total Earnings To Date: $754.22 Total Expected Earnings: $2,026.69 Livelihood Benefits: Food, clothing, children's school supplies
Daniel Mukhwana Country: Uganda Village: Bumbo Trees Planted: 799 via dispersed interplantings over 4 hectares Climate Benefit: 475.6 tonnes of CO2 Earnings To Date: $378 Total Expected Earnings: $1260 Livelihood Benefits: Children's school fees, improved soil quality, shade for coffee crop
Dorothy Nthala Country: Malawi Village: Tchale Trees Planted: 600 over 1800-meters boundary plantings Climate Benefit: 147 tonnes of CO2 Earnings To Date: $381 Total Expected Earnings: $685 Livelihood Benefits: Corrugated iron roof for her house, improved soil fertility, fuel wood, poles for tobacco curing sheds
Maate Zaverio Country: Uganda Village: Maliba Trees Planted: 800 Climate Benefit: 406.8 tonnes of CO2 Earnings as of 3/13/18: $976.60 Total Expected Earnings: $1,220.80 Livelihood Benefits: School fees for children, medical bills.
Beatrice Tibamwenda Country: Uganda Village: Rubirizi Trees Planted: 400 Climate Benefit: 203.4 tonnes of CO2 Earnings as of 3/9/18: $304.60 Total Expected Earnings: $610.40 Livelihood Benefits: School fees for grandchildren, medical bills for children.
Winfred Musimenta Country: Uganda Village: Kichwamba Trees Planted: 480 Climate Benefit: 203.4 tonnes of CO2 Earnings To Date: $427 Total Expected Earnings: $610.40 Livelihood Benefits: Student nutrition from crop trees including mango, avocado, and jackfruit. Shade.