Humans living in city slums come mostly from agricultural communities, thus, making agricultural communities prosperous reduces the amount of people leaving their communities and end up living in slums. Also, local communities improve from the shade, water, and food.
Reforestation projects place social welfare above profit; the aim of the projects is to enhance underprivileged communities’ quality of life, economically, socially, culturally and environmentally. Ecotourism also provides communities with disposable income. Also avoiding deforestation improves security of the community against floods and thus, reduces the costs of disasters to poor communities. Agroforestry also improves the yields of farmers which is a group which yields a little bit of economic value.
Reforestation has a positive impact in the local community beyond direct and indirect economic benefits, plantations provide the local community with infrastructure to otherwise remote and forgotten local tribes and communities.
Reforestation project coordinators who oversee the participation of smallholders and communities create jobs and opportunities that contribute to overall capacity-building and the transfer of skills on a local scale. The necessity for community monitoring creates jobs for forest technicians, many of them women or young people. Moreover, locals find seasonal jobs in the planting season, which in turn promotes the collection of seeds and local tree nurseries. Often, forest carbon projects introduce new technologies and skills which are then transferred to project participants, including electronic equipment or computer literacy.
Water supplies are a part of the reforestation projects sustainable management, such as improving water quality and quantity and contributing to the reduction of water-related risks such as floods. Reforestation helps trees and woodlands act as water reservoirs as they prevent the occurrence of flash floods. In addition to that, polycultures because of their storage capacity, keep water in ponds and streams which is used when water is scarce.
The reforestation projects empower women and focus on empowering female farmer workers, it also focuses on equally educating and providing access to education for both girls and boys
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