Himalayas are Sacred, Divine & Lifeline Crown of the world. An intrinsic part of our ’Crowned Glory’ are Mountain people, as off-shoots of diverse Himalayan Ecosystems. Nature and mountain people are interdependent as ecosystems, and live in sync in a symbiotic relationship. Himalayan Ecosystems include both living things (plants, animals and organisms) and non-living elements of the environment (weather, water, soil, climate, atmosphere, etc.) interacting reciprocally. We often define living things as the biotic part of ecosystems, while the nonliving part is called the abiotic one.
From this approach evolves the concept of Ecosystem Services; to respect Natural Resources as services by Nature contributing to human welfare being (spiritual & physical) & basic necessities (goods, materials), from the point of view of conservation of ecosystems & environment stewardship , ecological equity, harmony & co-existence.
In this context, Ecosystem Services & Environment, is a program to bring together HUM Partners for the following objectives;
- To create, outline & collate a comprehensive Roadmap for Himalayan Natural Resource Management & Ecosystem Restoration.
- The areas of focus under this program include; Forest Restoration, Water, Clean Energy, Waste Management, Agriculture.
- Forest Regeneration programs, with a focus on restoring pine forests with indigenous tree species
Himalayan Natural Resource Management
WATER: River Basin Management Program
Mission Green Himalayas
The global green cover has been rapidly depleting over the past decade. India itself has lost a tree cover of 16 lakh hectares in the last 17 years. Forests are home to many indigenous species which are critical in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem. With fewer trees, endangered ecosystems, and the climate crisis looming large, we need to collectively make up for the lost green cover.
We are striving towards a greener Himalayas with our large-scale regular tree plantation drives. Over the years through the Mission Green Earth Campaign we have planted 9.6 million trees worldwide. Now through Mission Green Himalayas we intend to plant 1 Million Trees in the Himalayas over the next 10 Years . Moreover, tree plantation is a major activity for the water conservation projects in India as trees help in conserving rainwater, a crucial process in recharging the water table. The activity not only helps in rejuvenating water bodies but also helps in rejuvenating air and soil.
Planting trees and ensuring that the survival rate is high is one of the responsibilities that The Art of Living takes seriously. The trees we have planted have a 90% survival rate. This has been possible because of our 3- step strategy: