Plantation of Native Trees in Degraded lands:

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Plantation of Native Trees in Degraded lands:

An initiative of MB India with partnered NGO Grow Trees, of planting 50,000 trees was successfully carried out in 8 villages of two districts of Maharashtra, Yavatmal and Amravati. This activity is benefitting the entire community by providing alternative livelihood options and helping in creating healthy environment.
MB India will also provide certificates to the customers for planting 10 saplings per car, to spread the importance of environment and its conservation amongst them.

Afforestation:

Afforestation:

MB India undertook an initiative of planting 950 native trees in the vicinity, to combat the effect of the products manufactured in the company. These trees helps in reducing the atmospheric carbon content in and around the company premises. An exclusive bar code has been displayed on every tree that will guide an individual in tracking number of planted trees and its details.

Jal Yukta Shivar (Drought free Maharshtra)

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Jal Yukta Shivar (Drought free Maharshtra)

The Government of Maharashtra has undertaken an initiative named ‘Jal Yukta Shivar Yojana' to increase the watershed management practice and ground water recharge to make Maharashtra State drought free by 2019. It involves all sorts of water conservation work such as construction of a check dams, rejuvenation of old check dams and repairing percolation tanks, desilting of dams and lakes and connecting stream/nullahs with water storage bodies. MB India participated in Jal Yukta Shivar initiative by building more sustainable watershed structures and groundwater recharge in major drought hit areas of Khed and Ambegaon taluka. Mercedes-Benz India has constructed 1 well and 2 rock tanks in Pimpri (Ambegaon taluka), 2 wells and 1 rock tank in Washere, Jakhlewadi (Khed taluka) and 1 rock tank in Dhakale village (Ambegaon taluka), providing a sustainable water conservation structure and a source of drinking water to the nearby communities.

Water purifiers in rural schools:

Water purifiers in rural schools:

Poor drinking water quality in rural areas is always a concern and has created multiple health issues among the children resulting in poor attendance in the school.
MB India has taken-up a long-term objective of providing clean drinking water in rural schools of Khed and Ambegaon taluka, district Pune, under which MB India has installed high quality water purifiers in 14 remote schools.

Mangrove Restoration at Pulicat Lake:

Mangrove Restoration at Pulicat Lake:

Mangroves are the most unique and most endangered ecosystems found on Earth. Nowhere else in the world do freshwater and saltwater species, marine and terrestrial organisms share the same habitat in such outstanding diversity. Local communities living in and around these areas are highly dependent on the resources obtained from these forests. Mangrove trees are cut for firewood and timber, and large patches are cut-down to make spaces for shrimp farms. Due to such activities the rare and endangered species are constantly under threat. Pulicat Lake in Chennai, being the largest brackish water lake in Asia, is constantly affected by the natural calamities and unprecedented human interventions. The project undertaken will help in restoring 90 ha of mangrove forests in two sites in India, with local communities involved in all the activities. The project will also significantly contribute in conserving the biodiversity, alleviate poverty and mitigate climatic changes. Local communities will be trained in preserving these forests and in nursery development techniques. Special emphasis will be put on promoting access of women to these trainings.