Blue, green and brown are our favourite colours.
But that's not the only reason we want to bring back native forests to the Himalayas. There's many, many more.
What do we do?
Alaap has taken on the mission of reforesting the Himalayas – by creating them through community action.
Over the past year, we have experimented with the effectiveness of the Miyawaki method for the Himalayas. This is a scientifically validated method of simulating forest growth as observed in the wild – the dense, random arrangement of mixed, native species.
Conventional planting methods have a success rate of 20% to 30% at best. A Miyawaki forest is based on ecological principles and considered a success only if there is a survival rate of 80% to 90%.
Neither do traditional afforestation techniques account for what goes under the soil. The Miyawaki method focuses on strengthening root networks and underground communication between trees.
This isn’t science fiction, it’s science. Trees communicate with each other through a network of soil fungi. That’s how they support each other, exchange nutrients and inform others about potential disasters.
Much like the forest, we work with the entire ecosytem in mind.
So, we work along with district governments in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand to increase forest cover under native mixed-species forests. We co-create forests with local communities. We work with youth to help make them eco-leaders in their communities.
In August 2017, we planted the first Himalayan Miyawaki forest. Today, it’s already towering over our founder, Sheeba Sen (seen here). Till date, we’ve planted over 15,000 saplings in the district of Champawat. As we continue on our journey to reforest our Himalayan home.