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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.

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