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Green Guards in Thar desert, Sindh| [Pakistan]

Reporting Entity: Pakistan

Clarify if the technology described in the template, or a part of it, is covered by property rights: Geen

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General Information

General Information

Title of best practice:

Green Guards in Thar desert, Sindh|

Country:

Pakistan

Reporting Entity:

Pakistan

Property Rights

Clarify if the technology described in the template, or a part of it, is covered by property rights:

Geen

Classification

Prevailing land use in the specified location

  • Cropland
  • Grazing land
  • Woodland
  • Human settlement

Contribution to Desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) measures

  • Prevention
  • Mitigation

Specifications

Section 1. Context of the best practice: frame conditions (natural and human environment)

Short description of the best practice

i) The local community organization in Tehsil Nagarparkar have applied brakes on rapid deforestation and degradation of natural resources through local youth named GREEN GUARDS organized by SCOPE.
ii) The community organization possesses a ritual to protect trees by local women who are proclaiming trees as their brothers, by tying rakhee knots, according to a Hindu tradition (in which sisters tie knots to men as brothers) pledging to protect them.|

Location

District Tharparker

If the location has well defined boundaries, specify its extension in hectares:

1500.0

Estimated population living in the location:

1000.0

Brief description of the natural environment within the specified location.

Desert and coarse textured soil
Desert
District Tharparkar in South Eastern drylands of Pakistan is full of precious biodiversity and natural resources, is facing desertification and degradation of biodiversity by illegal tree felling, extraction of gum trees, hunting, poaching and over grazing. |

Prevailing socio-economic conditions of those living in the location and/or nearby

Small land owners, tenants|
General local people are dependent on agriculture and livestock. Some people earn their livelihood by selling of wood and gum.
Agriculture and livestock

On the basis of which criteria and/or indicator(s) (not related to The Strategy) the proposed practice and corresponding technology has been considered as 'best'?

Socially and religiously acceptable

Section 2. Problems addressed (direct and indirect causes) and objectives of the best practice

Main problems addressed by the best practice

Deforestation

Outline specific land degradation problems addressed by the best practice

Deforestation through over exploitation of native gum trees

Specify the objectives of the best practice

Protection of native trees from illegal felling

Section 3. Activities

Brief description of main activities, by objective

Local women adopt trees as their brothers
Local youth trained as GREEN GUARDS to protect trees

Short description and technical specifications of the technology

Indigenous

Section 4. Institutions/actors involved (collaboration, participation, role of stakeholders)

Name and address of the institution developing the technology


Society for Conservation & Protection of Environment|D-141, Block-2, PECHS
Karachi-75400
Pakistan
www.scope.org.pk

Was the technology developed in partnership?

Geen

Specify the framework within which the technology was promoted

  • Local initiative

Was the participation of local stakeholders, including CSOs, fostered in the development of the technology?

Ja

List local stakeholders involved:

Local youth and women of Tehsil Nagarparkar District Tharparkar Sindh

For the stakeholders listed above, specify their role in the design, introduction, use and maintenance of the technology, if any.

Implementers

Was the population living in the location and/or nearby involved in the development of the technology?

Ja

By means of what?
  • Consultation
  • Participatory approaches

Analysis

Section 5. Contribution to impact

Describe on-site impacts (the major two impacts by category)

Conservation of biodiversity
Biomass conservation and forest-Carbon emission reduction
Spiritual satisfaction and social benefits
Enhanced agriculture productivity due to protection of native trees, maintenance of soil carbon organic matter and moisture |

Describe the major two off-site (i.e. not occurring in the location but in the surrounding areas) impacts

Conservation of Biodiversity
Mitigation of climate change

Has a cost-benefit analysis been carried out?

Has a cost-benefit analysis been carried out?

Geen

Section 6. Adoption and replicability

Was the technology disseminated/introduced to other locations?

Was the technology disseminated/introduced to other locations?

Geen

Can you identify the three main conditions that led to the success of the presented best practice/technology?

Need based
Involvement of youth and women
Religious acceptability

Replicability

In your opinion, the best practice/technology you have proposed can be replicated, although with some level of adaptation, elsewhere?

Ja

Section 7. Lessons learned

Related to human resources

Involvement of youth and women

Related to financial aspects

Cost effective

Related to technical aspects

indigenous

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