WHY IT MATTERS
The East Khasi Hills form part of the Meghalaya subtropical forests ecoregion. It is considered as one of the rich biodiversity centres of the Indian subcontinent bioregion. Known as the wettest place on earth, the district is home to sacred forests, many of which include large ancient stone monoliths that date back many centuries and serve as refugia for endangered species.
Deforestation and land degradation are placing these biological islands at great risk. Climate change is likely to place an additional stress and impact on food security. WeForest is supporting the local communities to restore the landscape while developing capacity to support people’s livelihoods.
Khasi indigenous communities fight against climate change and land degradation.
We work directly with a Federation of 10 indigenous governments and 62 Khasi villages who are concerned about the extent of deforestation that threatens their natural resources and livelihoods. Since 2010, supported by the Community Forestry International, the Federation has engaged in community-mitigation through a REDD+ initiative.