Requirements for Analog Forestry

 

Apply to Intern/Manage Analog Forestry Demonstration at Saha Astitva

Mumbai: Analog Forestry event May 12th 2013

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The initiator of an Analog Forestry project can be a local NGO, a community organisationor any other land user. Using the Analog Forestry Manual, available from the Analog Forestry Network, organisations can gain a practical perspective of what is required.

The following is an introduction into what Analog Forestry involves:

  • It starts with an analysis of the local environment. Information on the composition and structure of the local forest is collected, including composition of tree, plant and animal species endemic to the area.
  • The design for the farmland is made, in consultation with the farmer, using this information. The design should aim at integrating the demands of both the farmer and the local environment.
  • A plot of land is established to contain the nursery. The function of this site is both to experiment with new species and as a propagation unit.
  • An arboretum and a demonstration site also needs to be established. These should be of easy access to the community, and function as a teaching site.
  • The crops and plants are cultivated using organic fertilisers and natural pesticide control. The trees and plants are not planted in blocks but follow a more spread out pattern mimicking the local forest.
  • If there is a market for these organically grown crops, they can also be sold to regional, national or international markets. Products therefore need to undergo quality control measures and be certified. Transportation to the market must also be considered. Analog Forestry projects can be undertaken in co-ordination with and support from the Analog Forest Network.