The long awaited reforestation project of PIL has been registered under the VCS

The long awaited reforestation project from India has been registered under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Prakash Industry Ltd is now avail carbon revenue benefit from their 282.35 hectares of reforested land. Project is registered on Oct 2011 by VCS board. Prakash Industries Limited (PIL) and their associates have started reforestation activities in Durg, Raigarh and Rajnandgaon districts of Chhattisgarh state in India. The land that is reforested under the project activity is a degraded land.

Project Details;

Project title Reforestation of degraded land in Chhattisgarh, India,
Location Durg, Raigarh and Rajnandgaon (Districts), Chhattisgarh (State),  India (Country)
Project category Reforestation project under ARR category of VCS AFOLU
Selected Methodology AR-ACM0002 version1.0
Carbon Credits (VERs) over the whole crediting period 320,467  (Estimated Annual VCUs 5007)
Start date of project 15th June,2002
Crediting period 2002-2066
Total area under the project activity for plantation 282.35 ha
Plantation started from June 2002 onwards
Plantation accomplished on by March, 2006
Principal tree species Gmelina arborea (Gamhar/ Khamara) and Albizzia lebbeck (Kala siris) (248.35 ha Consolidate)
Other support species Azadirachta indica(Neem),Denderocalamusstrictus(Baans),Mangifera indica (Aam),Emblica officinalis (Amla),

Carica papaya (Papeeta),

Cassia tora (Chironta)

(34 ha Consolidate)

Techniques employed The unproductive, abandoned barren lands were seeded immediately after possession with the seeds of leguminous crops like Sunhemp (Crotalaria juncea) and Dhaincha (Sesbania aculeate) before planting the self prepared nursery seedlings. Seeding of complete area with legumes continued till the third year after planting the seedlings too. Such a practice helped the project promoters in reviving the soil flora and fauna that in turn enhanced the plant growth significantly.Other necessary steps like drip irrigation, organic manure, Mulching, Nursery management have been employed
Addressing non-permanence The project activity addresses non-permanence by adapting short rotation and selecting fast growing species for plantation
Carbon Pools Selected Above-ground and Below-ground Biomass
Baseline scenario Continuation with degrading lands
Additionality Identification of alternative scenarios to the proposed VCS AFOLU project activity – (1) Lands Reforested without benefits of payment for ecosystem services (net carbon sequestration in this case), (2) Lands under alternative land use: Agriculture,  (3) Lands set aside: Status quo: Continued degradation.Benchmark analysis is chosen for demonstration of additionality – Project NPV is taken as financial indicator
Project Validator Tuev Nord Cert GmbH (Tuev Nord)
Project Consultant Emergent Ventures International Inc.
Project Developer Prakash Industries Ltd.

Reference: PIL VCS PD

Salunke Vihar Road, N.I.B.I., Maharashtra, India

Shailesh is post graduate in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute (FRI) University, Dehradun, India. Presently he is working in the areas of Environmental and Renewable Energy Advisory Services. He has started during his college days.

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