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Forests for All

What we Do

Building Rural Futures

  • Creating self-sufficient, self reliant autonomous networked forest-fringe communities with sustainable livelihoods & businesses based on regenerative habitat management
  • A natural capital-based system for communities to independently deliver equitable access to universal basic assets
  • A regenerative, cooperative natural capital based economy that securitizes LEWWAC (Land, Energy, Water, Waste, Air, Carbon)
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In unprecendented times: 2020 as an Opportunity

Forests at the Heart of Green Recovery

COVID-19 – The Relevance of Forest Restoration

Forests provide the essentials of life—clean air, fresh water, food, fuel, medicines, and livelihoods—for billions of people. They are also critical to the fight against climate change. Trees already capture and store nearly a third of human-caused climate pollution and forests naturally cool the planet’s surface and regulate rainfall. Roughly 60% of India’s $3 trillion economy is mid to highly dependent on the healthy functioning of ecosystems for their future growth and sustainability. 57% of rural Indian livelihoods depend on healthy forests – forests which are rapidly disappearing across the country today. Deforestation in India's Eastern Himalayas alone represented 74% of India’s total deforestation between 2017 – 2019 (FSI, 2019).

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Ecology is Economy

Founder’s Message

We are living in the Anthropocene. Humans are the direct and primary driver of systemic changes in our planetary system, terraforming the great forests and wildernesses of our time, shaping our geological underpinnings and transforming interspecies worlds. In the past, the relationship between people and planet was symbiotic, each helping the other to thrive. Today, the relationship has turned into one of unilinear exploitation, driven by our economic mandate of better, brighter, faster, cheaper.

This past year has lifted the veil on what the future might look like if we continue to exploit and destroy nature at the same rate as we do today. The pandemic and multiple disease outbreaks – bird flu, African swine flu and Ebola – are the result of people and domestic animals coming into increasing contact with wild animals: the result of rampant deforestation, land degradation and rising extreme weather events.

Ranjit Barthakur Founder
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The Eastern Himalayas

The Solution – Creating Rural Futures

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Geographical Footprint

Udalguri Baligoun & Sikom Tarabari & Bogijulee
Udalguri,Assam

Trees Planted in 2020-21 - 4,09,000
Trees planted till date -6,88,000
Community income generated - INR 4.651 Lakhs

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Baligaon Village, Tezpur,Assam

Saplings planted - 2,80,931

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Tarabari,Assam

Trees Planted in 2020-21 - 2,50,975
Trees Planted till date - 5,88,850
Community Income generated - INR 73,20,996

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Manipur Bangladesh Mizoran Arunachal Pradesh Nagaland Tripura Sikim Meghalaya Bhutan Nepal Myanmar
Manipur

Scientific Watershed management system, monitor and control human activities to minimize impact on lake ecosystems.

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Bangladesh

Endowment of fund to sustainably support fringe and periphery communities with alternate livelihoods that protects the Coastal Ecosystems

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Mizoram

Effective land management to maximize sustainable agricultural practices, also promote science based localized forest restoration and effective policy development for Jhum.

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Arunachal Pradesh

Collaboration and partnerships alongside capacity enhancement of indigenous people to support forest restoration.

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Nagaland

Microfinance for community conservation initiatives and promote sustainable infrastructure and connectivity development to support alternate livelihoods like ecotourism.

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Tripura

Create buffer zones based on locality wise water lengths and aware rural & urban communities with an objective to transfer the ownership of reducing levels of pollution in varied water bodies.

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Sikkim

Effective activism to positively impact communities and level up the aspects of advocacy for restoration and conservation.

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Meghalaya

Promote and enhance local herbal products using traditional ecological knowledge.

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Bhutan

Incorporating local practices and cultural symbols to invoke the importance of conserving natural resources.

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Nepal

Facilitating the creation of opportunities for indigenous youth to utilize local resources instead of being forced to migrate.

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Myanmar

Integrated land use & infrastructure planning using a high biodiversity conservation value framework that underpins the aspects of community forestry

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Community Case Studies

Case Study I Dimbeshwar Brahma

Having been associated with Agriculture and Forestry for a huge span of his life now, Dimbeswar Brahma has attained extensive knowledge over several crops and numerous cultivating techniques.

Case Study II Senai Mili & Maheshwar Mili

The agroforestry model under Balipara Foundation’s RuFu® programme integrates trees on farms and agricultural landscapes, diversifying and sustaining production for increased social, economic and environmental benefits for our indigenous communities at all levels.

Case Study III Dusila Mili

In Baligaon Miri village, women entrepreneurs have set up mushroom incubation units as a way for food security and securing livelihoods.
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Key Areas

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Digital Storytelling

Organizations are understood through the values they live,the actions they take and the emotions they spark in their audience. In Balipara Foundation, through digital storytelling we want to give a voice and a platform to the forest fringe communities of the Eastern Himalayas.
  • Reach

    Focus diving deeper with content(Local, National & Global)
  • Awareness & Education

    Balipara and its efforts towards driving the natural ecosystem and Sustainability
  • Engagement

    Driving valuable conversations, Shareability and building a two way communication
  • Community Building

    Building a Strong Community of experts and people who believe in the conservation and livelihood development
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Publications

Rural Futures Vol. 2 - Naturenomics™ Ecological Revolution
The Himalayan - A Naturenomics™ Publication
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Rural Futures Volunteering & Internship Programs

The Rural Futures Internship Program is a dynamic engagement of volunteers, interns and overall youth from across the globe by imparting them with rich indigenous traditional knowledge to understand and sustainable practice of the various ecological services provided by nature through the various verticals and flagship programs of the Balipara Foundation.
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Plans 2021 & Beyond

  • Habitat Restoration
  • Livelihoods
  • Research & Modelling
  • Eastern Himalayan NaturenomicsTM Forum - Regional & Global
  • Advocacy
  • Publications
  • Partnership Goals
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Vision 2030

Financials

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Our Partners

Our Team

Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark in Residence

Wild Mahseer is the hub of mindful tourism in Balipara County impacting community development and growth through rural livelihoods, social mobility and preservation of our Nature Capital.

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Elephant Country

Incubated by Balipara Foundation, Elephant Country is a brand designed to synergise Asian Elephant conservation and community development. Elephant Country products are symbolic of the interdependent relationship between men and elephants. Crafted by local artisans of Eastern Himalayas these products tell a story of coexistence and a unique bond of nurturing and being nurtured.

{ Growing since 2007 }