A short-term study on the Vanathukkul Tiruppur The saplings planting initiative has shown that planting more than 10 lakh saplings over the past six years in Tiruppur district has positively contributed to the environment, such as improving soil quality and the biodiversity.

The ecological impact survey report published by the environmental NGO Siddharth Foundation, based in Coimbatore, on February 27 in Tiruppur, studied 70 of the 481 plantations in total where young trees have been planted since 2015. No less than 79 species of birds, 65 species of butterflies and 41 species of spiders were recorded in those 70 plantations during the study, according to the report.

The report estimates that 7,377 tonnes of carbon were sequestered by young trees planted as part of the initiative. Carbon sequestration is the removal, capture or sequestration of CO2 from the atmosphere that could help mitigate global warming.

“Maintenance of the existing VT [Vanathukkul Tiruppur] planting for four more years will sequester 38,000 tonnes of CO2 from the air, ”the report said.

In the 70 plantations, about 88% of the saplings planted survived and were growing well. “This survival rate is excellent compared to other afforestation programs elsewhere,” the report said, noting that the Vanathukkul Tiruppur the initiative provides a participatory afforestation model that can be adopted anywhere.

Siddharth PN Foundation Managing Director Anoop Raj said on Monday that this study was carried out between March 2020 and December 2020 and that a long-term study spanning one or two years was needed to better assess the impact. . “Long-term monitoring is also needed,” he said, as these plantations will take around 15 years to become mature ecosystems.

TR Sivaram, founder and president of the NGO Vetry, which has been leading this initiative since 2015, described the results as encouraging. “It shows that we are on the right track,” he said. The goal for the seventh year of Vanathukkul Tiruppur is two young lakh trees, said Mr. Sivaram. The nursery was inaugurated on Saturday by the managing director of the NGO Siruthuli Vanitha Mohan in Tiruppur and the planting of these young plants will begin in June, he added.

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