TIST (The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program) empowers small groups of subsistence farmers in a few countries in Africa and India to reverse the devastating effects of deforestation, drought and famine. TIST participants have been identifying local sustainable development goals that include tree planting and sustainable agriculture. Tree planting with TIST helps to provide long term revenue for the small group farmers through the sale of greenhouse gas credits.
The Tree planting project of IW Club Adyar (District 323) started in a small way in 2006 – 2007. Later the project took momentum as a joint project with about 10 clubs to plant around 4000 to 10,000 Teak trees in villages around Vandavasi/ Cheyyar/ Thirutani. The project was carried out by TIST India Pvt Ltd. The plants are looked after by groups of farmers organized by TIST India on a stipend basis.
The proceeds are enjoyed by the farmers since the trees are planted on their lands. The service done by IWC Adyar and other participating clubs benefits the environment for Carbon print, the economic benefit to farmers and optimal utilization of barren land. This year 2000 saplings of Red Sanders were donated to the farmers at a village called Melperumanallur near Chennai. It was a joint project with many Inner Wheel clubs of District 323 participating for a good cause.