Grow-Trees.com and Vodafone India to partner for planting 300,000 trees
Mumbai, June 5 : On the occasion of the World Environment Day, Grow-Trees.com, the exclusive Indian Planting Partner for United Nation's Environment Program's Billion Tree Campaign, and telecom service provider Vodafone Indiaon Thursday announced a novel private initiative to benefit the wildlife corridor between Kanha-Pench wildlife reserves by planting 3,00,000 trees over 3 years.The tree planting activities will be spread out over 100 hectares of forest land between the two reserves.
Handing over the first sapling to Pradip Shah, coFounder and Chairman of Grow-Trees.com, to formally launch the project, Marten Pieters, MD and CEO Vodafone India, said, "As a responsible corporate, Vodafone India is committed to initiatives that protect our environment and benefit the community. With this unique project, we will be able to offset the 33 million kg of carbon footprint generated by our offices every year for 3-years. In addition, we will be able to support livelihood opportunities, enable reforestation and facilitate habitat connectivity in tiger breeding areas. This is a win-win-win proposition for all - the organisation, the community and the environment, exemplifying the true spirit of sustainability."
Speaking on the occasion, Pradip Shah, coFounder, Grow-Trees.com, said, "Approximately 45pc of India's land is degraded primarily due to deforestation, unsustainable agricultural practices, mining and excessive groundwater extraction. More than two thirds of this can be regenerated and our endeavour is to facilitate this by providing planting opportunities to individual and corporate customers. We are delighted to have Vodafone India as our corporate partner to support this novel project of wildlife corridors for enlarging wildlife habitats. The size and scale of this private reforestation initiative is the biggest till date in the country. The planting process on site will begin by early August, in the midst of the seasonal monsoon, and be led by our on ground partner FES."