Balipara Foundation

The Balipara Foundation was established in 2007 and has been rewilding forests in the Eastern Himalaya since 2016. The organization achieves this through its Rural Futures model for rewilding forests and agricultural lands, while creating incomes that allow communities to pursue their wellbeing aspirations. Over the years, the Balipara Foundation has built strong networks with both local governments and forest departments, as well as with national and international businesses keen on furthering the cause of sustainability and emissions reduction nationally and globally. As of 2022, the Balipara Foundation manages over 7000 hectares of restored forest land, with over 7 million trees, and positively impacting over 16,000 people through direct implementation and capacity building for managing and monitoring restored forest lands. The organisation is a member of the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance of King Charles III’s (formerly HRH the Prince of Wales) Sustainable Markets Initiative, with its Rural Futures model being adopted as a living lab experiment in building a circular bioeconomy in the Eastern Himalayan region, through community-led reforestation and agroforestry for sustainable businesses, including the launch of sustainable fashion landscapes through the SMI's Sustainable Fashion taskforce.

Balipara Foundation’s projects