Miyawaki Urban Forest is Center of Attraction

In city like Delhi or any other Metro cities there is scarcity of space for green areas similar to lush green or forests in rural or semi rural or mountain areas. These forests are useful to create harmony as well as the biodiversity is rich source of knowledge for people living near to them.Loss in green cover and increased concretisation in urban areas has led to cities becoming ‘urban heat islands’, which pose significant threats to not just human populations but also contribute to global climate change.

Considering the same, we are developing and promoting to develop such lush green Urban forests near Delhi -NCR. Recently, Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) & President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). On his social media , he mentioned ” Visited ‘Miyawaki Garden’ developed by the residents of Brahma Society in Dwarka, New Delhi today morning! Interacted with Society office bearers who explained how rare birds have started visiting their garden!An interesting initiative worth replication in Gov premises!”

Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe appreciated our work of making bench in the park using #ecobricks.

We look forward to continue work in the direction of Environment Protection and Plastic Pollution. You can reach us at mail2risefoundation@gmail.com or call us at 9717096635 for more information.

Miyawaki Afforestation : The Miyawaki forestation method is a unique way to create an urban forest and is pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki. With this method of plantation, an urban forest can grow within a short span of 20-30 years while a conventional forest takes around 200-300 years to grow naturally. In the Miyawaki technique, various native species of plants are planted close to each other so that the greens receive sunlight only from the top and grow upwards than sideways. As a result, the plantation becomes approximately 30 times denser, grows 10 times faster and becomes maintenance-free after a span of 3 years.

In countries like India that are highly vulnerable to climate breakdown, forests are an integral element towards mitigation. Tree cover of almost 1.6 million hectares was lost between 2001 and 2018 in India — nearly four times the geographical area of Goa, according to a study released by the World Resources Institute. In this pledge to the UNFCC, the Indian government promised to cover 33% of its geographical area with forest cover by 2022, which currently stands at 24%. One possible method to achieve the target would be the Miyawaki method of afforestation. Also called the Potted Seedling Method, this afforestation technique uses native species to create dense, multilayered forests.

Its benefits include lowering temperature, making soil nutritious, supporting local wildlife and sequestration of carbon. The idea is to mimic nature while creating these tiny cross-sections of tiny islands called Miyawaki forests.

Ecobricks: An ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed with used plastic to a set density. They serve as reusable building blocks. Ecobricks can be used to produce various items, including furniture, garden walls and other structures.[1] Ecobricks are produced primarily as a means of managing consumed plastic by sequestering it and containing it safely, by terminally reducing the net surface area of the packed plastic to effectively secure the plastic from degrading into toxins and microplastics. Ecobricking is a both an individual and collaborative endeavour. The ecobricking movement promotes the personal ecobricking process as a means to raise awareness of the consequences of consumption and the dangers of plastic. It also promotes the collaborative process as a means to encourage communities to take collective responsibility for their used plastic and to use it to produce a useful product.[2]

Miyawaki Afforestattion at Palwal (Haryana)

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

At RISE Foundation (NGO), we are doing our bit to keep city and surrounding green. This will help in future to maintain the air quality also. We carried out Miyawaki Afforestation at Palwal (Haryana) on 26th June 2021. This is 2000sq ft area , we have done plantation of 600 native trees saplings.

The Miyawaki forestation method is a unique way to create an urban forest and is pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki. With this method of plantation, an urban forest can grow within a short span of 20-30 years while a conventional forest takes around 200-300 years to grow naturally. In the Miyawaki technique, various native species of plants are planted close to each other so that the greens receive sunlight only from the top and grow upwards than sideways. As a result, the plantation becomes approximately 30 times denser, grows 10 times faster and becomes maintenance-free after a span of 3 years.

Besides, Neem, Peepal, Jamun, Bakain, we did plantation of Chukrasia, Babool, Phulai, Phadai Papadi, Kosum, Doodhi, Pehi, Kair trees , Ronjh, Kumath, Lasoda, Goondi,Bistendu ,Meethi Jaal subtrees and Kadipatta, Ashwagandha, Adusa etc shrubs and small trees.

Thanks for Munish Kundra for being part of the project.

If any one want to get implemented this concept, feel free to reach me Rise Foundation at +91 97177 64262.

Look forward to do more such projects in the country.
Note: In this project,we are using Sugaracene bagaase as water retainer in place of cocopeat.

#environment #future #sustainability #conservation #climatechange #projects #maintenance #miyawakiforest #afforestation

Dwarka First Miyawaki Urban Forest Status Update

RISE Foundation’s Founder Mr. Madhukar Varshney dream of making Green India during his second instincts of leaving MNC Job!! He is committed to make cities greener and cleaner using Miyawaki Afforestation technique in Urban environment.

This is picture of our first Miyawaki Urban Forest in Dwarka. You can get more information about the project on this link : https://ngorisefoundation.com/2020/08/30/first-urban-forest-comes-up-in-dwarka/

Dwarka Miyawaki Forest Plantation on 29th Aug 2020

This is picture from our First Miyawaki Urban Forest in Dwarka (New Delhi) after 10 months in the month of June 2021. We did 200+ sapling plantation from 15 native species in 800sq ft area.

We can see lot of biodiversity and some fruits from Karonda (Black Currant) and Guava in this season.

This is well managed by Munish Kundra and will have immense benefits of Forest in Urban cities.
We thanks to National News Paper Dainik Jagran Delhi Edition, covered the progress of work of this Miyawaki Forest on occasion of World Environment Day on 5th June 2021.


We are looking more such places in Delhi-NCR or North India to do similar projects.

These Urban forest will have some of the benefits as follows :
1. Reduce pollution
2. Improve biodiversity
3. Reduce temperature of the area
4. Help healthy living
5. Save Environment etc..

For growing these Urban Forest , feel free to reach Madhukar (9717096635).

#environment #climatechange #biodiversity #globalwarming #miyawakiforest #savetheplanet #saveenvironment

Old Banyan Tree Uprooted Finally

Few days back an old Banyan tree (age is not known , some people said 80years , some said alleast 50 year old) was fallen due to storm and heavy rain in Sec 6, Dwarka, New Delhi. We got distress call on 23rd May 2021 from local resident Mr. Sumit Kapoor , as being a local NGO also we do work for environment protection . We were requested to upright the tree else local municipality will cut down the whole tree for wood.

Fallen Old Banyan tree at Vandematram Apartments, Sec 6

We got some old pictures of the tree from the Local and Dwarka residents, who were visiting the tree because of its natural beauty. Below pictures are taken in year 2008 and 18 respectively.


We tried to reach to agencies like DDA Horticulture . MCD Horticulture and called Forest department helpline also, but could not got any support even there was shortage of Crane and JCB operators due to lockdown conditions in the city . Lately MCD Horticulture department agreed to support after intervention of local councilor (as per the info shared by one of our team member, but MCD horticulture handicapped from providing the machines. So we ran a donation drive and tried the same with one Hydra and one JCB Machine on 27th May 2021.

We could not succeed in first attempt as machines were unable to handle the load. For second attempt, it is planned to call 02 Hydra and 01 JCB to finish the job. Finally we got succeed to upright the tree with the help of generous donation from nature lovers from various part of country including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai , Rishikesh.

We thanks to MCD, local councillor , New Delhi Nature Society for providing the SOP for task, Munish Kundra buddy to me, many more people.

Special thanks to Dainikjagran dailyhindi CitySpidey to cover news online and offline extensively.

Concretisation is killing the trees in Dwarka
https://www.cityspidey.com/news/13798/concretisation-is-killing-the-trees-in-dwarka

We look forward to do such work in coming days to protect our environment and these “Natural Oxygen Plants”.

For getting us involved in more such work, feel free to call Madhukar Varshney ( Founder – Rise Foundation ) at 9717096635.
#environment #climatechange #savetheearth #saveenvironment #savetheplanet #savetrees #savebiodiversity #savedwarka #savedelhi

Ecobricks Projects initiated in Dwarka,Delhi

72वे गणतंत्र दिवस के पावन उपलक्ष्य पर हमने कचरा निस्तारण की तरफ नया कदम उठाते हुए Rise Foundation के तत्वाधान में Brahma Apartments में दिल्ली सरकार के सांसद श्री N D Gupta जी के करकमलों से #ecobricks प्रोजेक्ट का शुभारंभ किया।”हमारा कूड़ा हमारी जिम्मेदारी” के अंतर्गत सोसाइटी के लोगों ने इस प्रोजेक्ट में भागीदारी के लिए स्वीकृति दी।साथ मिल कर 2021 में भी हम Brahma Apartment को कूड़ा निस्तारण में नए मानदंड हासिल करने में सहायता करेंगे।सभी रेसिडेंट्स, दोस्तो और फाउंडेशन के मेंबर्स का दिल से आभार।Earthday.org special thanks for supporting our mission.#zerowaste#zerowastecommunity

On occasion of 26th Jan Republic day our Founder Madhukar Varshney and Madhuri Varshney awared and initiated #ecobricks projects in Dwarka at various places including Brahma CGHS, Youngsters CGHS and @standnstride pathashala pochanpur.#ecobrick will help to make something useful out of plastic waste.We are committed to make #zerowastedwarka and #wastefreedelhi#wastefreeindia

Join us to expand the #ecobricks project in your area.Reach us at 9717096635.

SDMC Appreciation 2020

SDMC (South Delhi Municipal Corporation) appreciated RISE Foundation work by considering Brahma Apartments Sec7 for Ranking 1 and Ekta Apartments, Sec 3 Dwarka for Ranking 6 under Ranking for CGHS in Dwarka for Swachh Survekshan 2020 at DC Office, Najafgarh Zone on 6th Jan 2021.

Swachh Survekshan is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in villages, cities and towns across India.

Brahma Apartments implemented comprehensive Waste Management Solution in the CGHS and is the first Zero Waste CGHS of Dwarka. Thanks to RWA of Brahma Apartments and Special thanks to Sh. Munish Kundra for implementing and guiding the society staff to get the desired output.

Ekta Apartments is using Horticulture waste management in the society and few residents are also making compost from wet waste using home composter.We thanks to RWA of Ekta Apartments to implement the suggestions.

We thanks to whole team to RISE Foundation Madhukar Varshney, Madhuri Varshney and Deepak Bhardwaj for good work post covid in Waste Management area in 2020.

Looking forward more societies to adopt best practices in 2021 in Dwarka (Delhi).

Collaboration with HIMAL for New initiatives in 2021

In the last week of Dec 2020, RISE Foundation team visited Danya near Almora (Uttrakhand) for discussion and collaboration with HIMAL (NGO) (Himalayan Institute of Multiple Alternatives for Livelihood).

In past, we provided the monetary support to 6 children affected with HIV/AIDS for their monthly expenses and care taker.

In year 2021, RISE Foundation , Founder Member – Madhukar Varshney , Secretary – Madhuri Varshney and other members and HIMAL President – Mr. Ramesh Kr. Mumukshu & Mr. Basant B. Pandey ( Treasurer and Convener) to work jointly in following areas to improve the livelihood & income of the people in the locality using networking in Delhi and near by areas:

  1. Promotion of HIMAL Home Stay
  2. Promotion of Organic products i.e. Kapoor Tulasi , Rajma and other local stuff
  3. Possibility of Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Danya area for upliftment of mental health of residents and package tours from Delhi and other areas to explore new income streams for youth
  4. Initiate a holistic programme to assist people living with HIV/AIDS.
  5. Awareness about Solid Waste Management and Plastic waste safe disposal

RISE Foundation will work out the frame work of above activities. We look forward wonderful 2021 ahead.

There are many places in the vicinity of Danya to visit by the tourist. For more information :

HIMAL HOME STAY
Easy Access : Train : kathgodam Railway Station it’s 152 KM from Haldwani
52 kilometre from Almora
110 kilometre from Nainital
60 kilometre from Pithoragarh
Contact person:
Basant Pandey :. 9927672481
Ramesh Mumukshu 9810610400

Banj Trees Plantation in Dwarka

On 4th Jan 2021, Munish Kundra did plantation of Banj OAK Tree at #Miyawaki Site Brahma Apartments by team Rise Foundation, which we brought from Uttarakhand during recent visit to Almora , Kasar Devi and nearby places.The Banj oak is among the most useful trees of the Himalaya. It is extensively lopped (or branch pruned) for fuelwood and its wood has a high calorific value and good burning properties. The leaves are extensively used as a cattle fodder. Leaf litter is rich in Nitrogen and makes an excellent compost fertilizer.

पर्यावरण को समृद्ध रखने में बांज के जंगलों की महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका है। बांज की जड़े वर्षा जल को अवशोषित करने व भूमिगत करने में मदद करती हैं जिससे जलस्रोतो में सतत प्रवाह बना रहता है। बांज की पत्तियां जमीन में गिरकर दबती सड़ती रहती हैं,इससे मिट्टी की सबसे उपरी परत में हृयूमस (प्राकृतिक खाद) का निर्माण होता रहता है।

बाँज या बलूत या शाहबलूत एक तरह का वृक्ष है जिसे अंग्रेज़ी में ‘ओक’ (Oak) कहा जाता है। बाँज (Oak) फागेसिई (Fagaceae) कुल के क्वेर्कस (quercus) गण का एक पेड़ है। इसकी लगभग ४०० किस्में ज्ञात हैं, जिनमें कुछ की लकड़ियाँ बड़ी मजबूत और रेशे सघन होते हैं। इस कारण ऐसी लकड़ियाँ निर्माणकाष्ठ के रूप में बहुत अधिक व्यवहृत होती है। source : https://hi.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%A4%AC%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%81%E0%A4%9C

Thanks to Munish Kundra (Member RISE Foundation) for carrying out the activity.

Neighbourhood Nursery to curb Plastic Waste

India generates nearly 26,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day, making it the 15th biggest plastic polluter globally. Discarded plastic waste litter the country’s roads, rivers and also form huge mounds in garbage dumps across the country.

Recently Team RISE Foundation initiated a small step to fight with plastic waste by #reuse of plastic bags as grow bags for saplings. We started a Neighbourhood Nursery in Brahma Apartments, Sector 7, Dwarka (West Delhi).

We are using Milk packets, Cereals packets, Sugar packets, packaging materials etc.. In our first such attempt #brand#audit done.It is learn that Amul plastic packets are 95% of the total plastic waste , other 5% from MAGGIAmazon India and TATA products packets.

We started with #neem saplings this week. Neem is ecologically very special. It can tolerate very high levels of pollution and has the capacity to recover even if most of its foliage is dropped. Plants with a large leaf area such as neem, accumulate relatively higher quantities of lead. Trees vary widely in their capacity to absorb pollutants like particulate dust, CO2, oxides of sulphur and nitrogen. We are thankful to team We Mean To Clean to start this.

We started with #neem saplings this week. Neem is ecologically very special. It can tolerate very high levels of pollution and has the capacity to recover even if most of its foliage is dropped. Plants with a large leaf area such as neem, accumulate relatively higher quantities of lead. Trees vary widely in their capacity to absorb pollutants like particulate dust, CO2, oxides of sulphur and nitrogen. We are thankful to team We Mean To Clean to start this and Ms Anuradha Ganguly Ramaswamaiah for participating in the activity along with RISE Founation Volunteers Madhukar Varshney, Munish Kundra , Madhuri Varshney and few more kids from nearby areas.

Special thanks to www.earthday.org INDIA to support and promote our work.

Coming days we are going to prepare saplings of hardy, wild, local plants like mango, neem, wedelia, money plant, fig etc. using these plastic pouches.These sapling will be utilized in creating Miyawaki forest covers, though plantation projects, in and around Delhi, organised by the foundation.

This sort of Nurseries can be a win-win situation to fight plastic waste one side and helping environment protection other side.

Can We Plant Trees in Winter?

We totally agree that planting in winter season might seem weird to some of you, but we promise it’s got its reasons! We’ll also cover why we plant whips(saplings) close together to create a sort of ‘internet’ in the forest, and why climate change might affect what trees we’ll plant in the future. So ,let’s start this !!!

Why do we Plant Trees in the Winter also?

Like hibernating animals, trees like to store up with food (nutrients) for winter. A year for humans is like a day for a tree, with winter being bed time and summer being the daytime when the tree grows new leaves and spreads its roots to maximise growth using energy from the sun and warm ground. 

A tree can be planted successfully from November right through to March, and this will give the tree a chance to be bedded in time to grow throughout the summer. RISE Foundation team with the help of local volunteers ,the trees (standards) along by watering them during the first 3 years of being planted.

How do we decide what tree to Plant?

‘Right tree, right place‘ is a phrase often used in tree planting. Lots of factors can determine what trees might grow best in a location, including the community in the area, its look and feel, soil pH, geology, temperature and space. The changing climate can also have an impact on what trees are suitable to plant.

We should try to plant as many species as possible for biodiversity.

  • Make a database of all native species of your area. Identify its type (Evergreen, Deciduous or Perennial), advantages, maximum height and assign layer.
  • Check the native species saplings availability in the nursery, their age and sapling height. Ideal height is 60 to 80 centimeters.
  • Major species: Choose five different species to be the major forest species; these should be the species that you commonly find in your area. This will constitute 40-50 percent of number of trees in the forest.
  • Supporting species – other common species of the area will constitute 25-40 percent, and minor native species will make up the rest.
Sample list from one of the #miyawaki afforestation done in West Delhi

Why do we plant whips close together?

A tree can only be as strong as the forest that surrounds it. When they are planted close together (70cm -1m apart max) and in clumps of the same species, they can work together to establish, protect themselves and grow taller so they can reach the sun. Trees connect with each other in the forest’s microclimate through their roots and the ‘mychorizal’ fungi network underground (think of it as the internet of the forest). 

Overtime, the trees will grow bigger but once they are mature and the canopy is broader, some will die off and young trees will start growing again at ground level, creating different levels of the canopy. Any dead and dying trees create a mulch on the woodland floor to feed the forest.

So, we hope many points got clear here. For any further information, feel free to reach us at 9717096635 or mail us at mail2risefoundation@gmail.com