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Name of Project: Strengthening River Bunds in Ariankuppam Commune

Number of Trees to be Planted: 175,000

Directly Benefits: 100,000 people living in Ariankuppam Commune

Location: India

Year: 2011


  • Restore 50 acres of watershed forest
  • Protect the water supply
  • Plant trees of important cultural and medicinal value
  • Help to secure food security

Notable Highlights

American Forests is partnering with Resource Institute of Social Education (RISE) to carry out a project in Pondicherry, India. This is the second year that American Forests has supported RISE with this project. 

The planting area for the 2011 project has experienced many difficulties with its water supply. While some attribute water scarcity to poor policy, the area has also experienced an increase in water pollution as a result of urbanization and industrialization.  Despite the difficulties, the Gingee and Pennaiyar Rivers originate in this area, so it is especially important to protect the watershed.

Most of the people RISE works with are Dalits, often referred to as ‘untouchables,’ or outcasts in Indian society, who often work as agricultural laborers. The trees planted in this project will help to improve the quality of life in the area by providing food and medicinal products.

This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.

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