In the endeavor titled “Plant a Tree to Protect Sundarbans,” 26 enthusiastic employees from YCPL/VIVO embarked on a journey to Mukti Gram and Kankandighi Bio-village on the 3rd of November 2023. This 6-month venture planted the seeds of positive change and employee volunteer engagement with a goal of nurturing 3,300 plants.
The objectives of this project are multifaceted. Engaging the participation of Self-Help Group (SHG) women who will play a pivotal role in the entire process, provides a source of livelihood, curbs the distressing trend of migration from rural to urban areas, and raises environmental awareness. Thus, it aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 (No Poverty), 2 (Zero Hunger), 15 (Life on Land), and 13 (Climate Action) in a powerful commitment to global well-being.
During their visit, the YCPL/VIVO team embarked on an exploration of Mukti Gram, the Sustainable Agriculture Movement (SAM) office, and the innovative cyclone-tolerant houses. They then witnessed the lush plantation sites, where they personally contributed to the greening of the region. However, the heart of this initiative lies in the active involvement of a community of SHG women, who will play an enduring role in nurturing and safeguarding the newly planted saplings and trees. This involves attentive care through watering, thoughtful pruning, and replanting when necessary, ensuring the sustained growth of the green cover.
As the project matures over the course of six months, it will culminate in a comprehensive review and assessment by YCPL/VIVO. This initiative stands as an example of collective and participatory change towards preserving the natural beauty and the health of the ecosystem in the Sundarbans.