Livelihoods Fund carbon project in India receives official approval from the government


The Livelihoods Carbon project of planting 6 million fruit trees in partnership with Naandi in Araku Araku (India) has just been officially approved by the federal government of India. It follows a process started 16 months ago with the DNA (Designated National Authority), the official body responsible for carbon projects registration.


The recognition of the quality of the process implemented by the Naandi teams with poor rural communities in Andhra Pradesh by the highest authorities of the Indian  is a very encouraging sign for Livelihoods Fund and its partners, Danone, Credit Agricole Schneider Electric and CDC Climat.

After a visit on the field last november, the Minister for Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh, showed his interest in this project which will have a major impact on the lives of local communities. It will also sequester 800,000 TCO2 on 20 years.

The way is now open for the second stage: the registration of the Araku project to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), the United Nations body responsible for the approval of carbon projects. The Araku project covers an area of 6000 ha spread over 200 villages. Nearly 3000 acres of various varieties of fruits and forest species have been planted in 2010 and 2011 thanks to a very strong involvement of local communities.

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