How to Grow a Tiny Forest, Really Fast, Anywhere in the World

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Sun, Feb 22nd, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Using techniques learnt while working at Toyota India, Eco-entrepreneur Shubhendu Sharma explains how he applies an industrial process in order to grow self-sustaining forests really fast anywhere in the world. Sharma's methods require just 10 years versus the 600-1,000 it would normally take mother nature.

Here’s the funny thing: I have no expertise about how to determine native species for forests! But I worked around this by applying car manufacturing models. At Toyota, I worked with the supplier development team, organizing assembly lines and dispatch systems for cars being manufactured in India. I applied these manufacturing principles to forests, developing a computer program that registers tree species’ specific parameters, such as how high it grows, in what months it blooms, the kinds of temperatures it can tolerate, and so on. For example, if there’s a species that grows up to 50 feet, the one planted next to it should grow only up to 20, because we don’t want a conflict after five years. In other words, we use car-assembly logic to pick an ideal combination of trees to best utilize vertical space. So it’s not me or any individual expert who decides what species to plant, at what ratios: the software figures it out.

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