Improving the environment – and boosting livelihoods
When it comes to helping the local environment, key initiatives include partnering with an NGO called Seva Sahyog to conserve water in drought-affected areas of the Maharashtra region (where the Capability Centre is located). The joint venture has provided water storage capacity of over 500 million litres for 11 villages. Artificial lakes have been constructed to collect rainwater that can be readily accessed by more than 20,000 farmers.
“This project has a long-lasting benefit, because it helps make farming a viable option for the next generation, who would otherwise end up migrating to cities for work,” explains Rashmi Chethan, who leads the Pune team’s sustainability outreach activities.
Looking towards a more urban setting, and the team is working with NGO Shree Kalpataru Sansthan on the Green Lungs project. This involves the creation of a small forest populated with 12,000 trees in the middle of Pune. More than 100 species of tree are being planted, including some rare and endangered species.
Other environmental initiatives include the installation of earthenware pots to provide water for local birdlife in a collaboration with Kalptaru Sansthan. Vanderlande has also worked with the Energy Swaraj Foundation to install solar panels in local villages that would otherwise have limited access to electricity.