Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Activity Update June 2017: Kanha


Pramod Maravi of Kutwahi, who got a job at a farmhouse

Sant Kumar Uikey got a job at a farmhouse

Candidates for the driving training learning basics and theory,

Batwar - cleaning the area around a hand pump
Batwar - the site after cleaning

Desilting and cleaning the well in Bhagpur

Bhagpur - cleaning the well

Dhamangaon - wildlife film screening

Compost pit being dug in Nokhe Lal's property, Kutwahi

Kutwahi - our Field Assistant Sampatlal briefs young villagers about
driving training programme

Mocha - launch of sapling plantation programme at the Gram Panchayat

Patpara - Sampatlal shows villagers how to treat seeds
for better yield

Patpara - villagers attend an awareness programme about plantation

Patpara - plastic litter collected by our volunteers


Team: Amit AwasthiConservation Officer
            Sampathlal Dhurve – Field assistant
·      2 voluntary work programmes for community assistance – area next to well cleaned at Bhagpur and area next to hand pump cleaned at Batwar
·      10 awareness programmes on plantation and improved farming techniques
·      Plantation programme – 2,400 saplings planted in 3 villages during the monsoon
·      6 compost tanks prepared in 5 villages
·      2 anti-plastic programmes
·      8 film shows on nature and wildlife – attended by 260 villagers
·      2 unemployed youths get jobs through our Employment Cell
·      12 youths sent to driver’s training programme at Chhindwara


In community assistance work, our team organised one programme on June 10 to clean a well at Bhagpur. Organic litter had accumulated in the well along with other litter blown in by the wind.  3 women and 6 villagers joined Sampath and Amit in the programme in which they removed the litter and de-silted the well.

A similar programme was organised on June 14 to clear the area next to a hand pump at Batwar.

During the month, Amit organised 5 awareness programmes on improved farming techniques so that farmers can improve their yield. During the programmes, the farmers were also taught how to treat seeds before planting. Details of the programmes are given in the table above.

During the month, Amit and Sampathlal organised 5 awareness programmes on the importance of planting trees and increasing the green cover.

As part of our monsoon activities, our teams across the landscape motivate and organise villagers to collect seeds, prepare saplings and dig pits so that a plantation drive can be launched once the rains set it.

During June, our Kanha team helped plant a total of 2,400 saplings in 3 villages. The species planted included mango, kanji, jamun, amrud, awla, bamboo. The saplings were provided by the Gram Panchayat, Mocha. They were planted in Mocha, Chapri and Manegaon.

Our team encourages organic farming as part of our strategy to reduce the impact of chemical fertilisers on fields adjoining prime wildlife areas. Part of our work includes assistance to villagers in setting up vermi-compost tanks and compost pits.

During June, we helped 6 villagers dig compost pits –Radha Bai of Chapri on June 8, Gendlal of Batwar on June 10, Bipta Bai of Chapri on June 11, Sabe Singh of Bhagpur on June 18, Muliya Bai of Manegaon on June 21, and Nokhelal of Kutwahi on June 23.     

On June 11, our team organised an anti-plastic programme at Patpara. Amit and Sampath spoke to the villagers about the harmful impact of plastic/polythene on the environment and motivated them to remove such litter from the village. The team of villagers and students went around the village, collecting plastic and polythene litter/waste, which were then buried in a pit on the outskirts of the village.

A similar anti-plastic programme was organised at Manegaon on June 13.


There were no classroom programmes as schools were shut for the annual summer holiday.

Education van programme

There were 7 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation in June.

Employment Cell

We helped 2 youths get jobs during June.

Driver’s training programme

Ashok Leyland Limited has an institute at Chhindwara where it trains people to drive four-wheelers. The management of Kanha Tiger Reserve asked us to identify suitable candidates for this training programme from villages where we work. We identified 12 candidates and sent them to the Ashok Leyland Institute of Driver’s Training and Research. The month-long programme ran from June 1. The expenses of the trainees were borne by the Forest Department. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Activity Update May 2017: Tadoba


Dewada: Our team Prameek and Ajay discussing livelihood options
with villagers
Katwal: Ajay and Kishor discussing livelihood options
with villagers
Kutwanda - a nature-themed drawing competition


Field Team: -
Conservation Officer – Prameek Kannan
Field Assistant – Kishor Dudhbarai


·      5 Education programmes were conducted in 4 villages – Kondegaon, Katwal, Khutwanda, and Bhamdeli with 13 students
·      These included 1 nature and bird watching trail, 1 nature-themed drawing competition, 1 nature-themed board game session and 2 classroom lectures
·      5 vocational training and employment awareness sessions in 5 villages with 56 participants


Between the 1st and 3rd of May, at the height of the summer, our field team visited schools in the villages of Katwal, Khutwanda, Bhamdeli and Kondegaon to engage the students in interactive environmental education activities before the start of their summer holidays.

These included nature-themed drawing competitions and board games as well as classroom lectures. We hoped to send a conservation message in a fun, engaging manner to these impressionable young minds.

On May 22 , we celebrated International Biodiversity Day by taking some youths of Katwal village on a nature and bird-watching trail near a lake known as Katwal Talab near the village. Our field team taught the youths about the different waterfowl that feed from the lake, and how different species manage to co-exist despite the harsh summer, by using different fishing methods to take different kinds of prey. A conservation message we can all learn on how to be innovative and creative with the limited resources on our finite planet, so that both people and wildlife can live side-by-side to avoid conflict and prosper peacefully.

Employment Cell activities

Our field team took to the villages of Mudholi, Katwal, Khutwanda, Junona and Dewada to meet with the village eco-development committee (VEDC) presidents and unemployed youths of these villages to conduct awareness sessions on employment opportunities and about free vocational training programmes Satpuda Foundation can help organise.

One particular problem prevalent among the youths here is an unwillingness to venture outside of their villages or the Tadoba buffer for employment opportunities. Quota limits for gypsy drivers and guides (preferred jobs among many of these youths) in the Park mean that many such youths are left out from these opportunities. We impressed this fact to the youths, their elders and community leaders such as VEDC presidents in our community meetings this month. We also stressed that there were many more economically lucrative opportunities in the cities, such as in the hospitality industry, where our vocational training progammes can help place these youths.

Activity Update May 2017: Satpura Tiger Reserve


Aaditorya - villagers install water pots for birds
Matkuli - villagers put up water pots for birds
Almod - villagers clean a water body for wildlife
Mehandikheda - cleaning a water body for wildlife in the jungle

Matkuli - programme to celebrate International Biodiversity Day


Team: Ashfaq Aarbi – Conservation Officer
            Hamid Khan – Field assistant

·      12 water conservation voluntary work projects during the month – 10 water bodies cleaned and 2 soak pits dug
·      5 awareness programmes on need to provide water for birds and putting up of  500  water pots/containers
·      Assisted in fighting fires in forest on 3 occasions
·      11 awareness programmes on forest fires
·      Celebrated International Biodiversity Day at Matkuli
·      Participated in Biodiversity workshop at Bhopal
·      5 youths placed in jobs with Pratibha Garments, Indore
·      Helped 35 villagers prepare loan applications for self-employment
·      Visit to check on status of 10 villages which have already been relocated


During May, we organised 12 programmes related to water conservation.

On May 1, we organised a programme to clean a water body in the jungle around 2.5 km from Almod village. The water body was covered with leaves and organic litter and animals were finding it difficult to drink. Our team, consisting of field assistant Hamid Khan and 9 adult villagers from Almod village, cleared the litter and made the water bodies accessible to the animals again. Spotted deer are regularly spotted around this water body while there are occasional sightings of sloth bears and leopards.     

We organised 9 similar programmes during the month to clean other water bodies in the jungle. Details are given in the table above.

On May 3, we organised a program to dig a soak pit at the Government Primary School (GPS), Pisuwa. 18 children joined hands with Hamid in digging the pit, which will take spillover water from a hand pump on the school premises. The pit will help to recharge the water table around the hand pump.

A similar programme was organised at Matkuli on May 6.

Our teams work across the landscape to provide water to birds during the scorching summer. Our team motivated villagers in Tekapar, Matkuli, Almod, Aaditoriya and Jhirpa, to put up around 500 small containers with water around the villages and their outskirts for birds to quench their thirst.

With the onset of summer, forest fires are a major hazard in the dry, deciduous forests across the landscape. Our teams make it their top priority to assist in fighting fires. On May 20, we assisted in fighting a fire which had broken out in the jungle around 2 km from Matkuli. 8 people employed by the Forest Department on daily wages (known as fire-watchers), Pankaj Yadav, Shivnarayan Devda (Forest Guards) and 2 youths from Matkuli joined Ashfaq and Hamid in fighting the fire.

During the month, our team also organised 11 programmes in villages to promote awareness about forest fires and the need for everyone to join hands in fighting fires. In 3 of the meetings, local staff of the Forest Department joined us in addressing the villagers.

The details are given in the table below:

Biodiversity workshop

On May 18, Madhya Pradesh Biodiversity Board arranged a workshop on Biodiversity at Bhopal. This programme was attended by Mr. Srinivasa Murthy (Member Secretary, MP Biodiversity Board), Mr. Abhilash Dubey (Manager Administration & Finance) and several NGOs and college students.

Celebration of International Biodiversity day

On May 22, we organised a function to celebrate the International Biodiversity Day at Eco Centre Matkuli. This programme was attended by Shri Sanjeev Sharma (Assistant Director, Satpuda Tiger Reserve), Pankaj Khare (Regional Manager, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department, Pachmarhi), Vishal Dongre (Ranger- East Pachmarhi), Aashish Khobragade (Ranger- Matkuli), H.L. Sharma (Deputy Ranger), Sharif Khan (Deputy Ranger),  Pankaj Yadav (Forest Guard), Shivnarayan Devda (Forest Guard), Gokal Prasad (Sarpanch- Singanama), Smt. Renu Mehra (Sarpanch- Pagara), Smt. Laxmibai Yadav (Sarpanch-Pisuwa), Presidents and members of Eco Development Committees of Matkuli, Khari, Tekapar, Chirrai, Mehandikheda, Aaritodiya and Biodiversity management committee members of Matkuli, Tekapar, Pisuwa, Pagara, Singanama, Nandwada, Samnapur and Lanzi. The programmes were organised jointly by Satpuda Foundation and M P Biodiversity Board.

To celebrate the occasion, a total of 4 films on biodiversity, nature and wildlife were screened at Eco Centre Matkuli. A total of 110 people attended.The theme was “Biodiversity conservation, sustainable tourism and livelihood”.

Employment Cell - Placement

5 youths from relocated and buffer villages got jobs in May thanks to our assistance.

Details of the placements are as follows:

During the month, we visited the Assistant Development Excutive Officer (ADEO) – the Government official in charge of rural livelihood programmes – to submit 35 loan proposals for villagers whom we had trained earlier to make handicrafts and furniture from lantana. The villagers are from Baridevi – a relocated village which comprises residents of the erstwhile Sonpur and Anjandana. The loan proposals were forwarded to CEO Janpad Panchayat Pipariya.

Relocated villages

Ashfaq and Hameed Khan visited the relocated villages of Sonpur, Raikheda, Mongra, Jamandhonga, Parraspani, Anjandhana, Dhargaon, Nankot, Kukra and Nandner during May to follow up on the status of the villagers.

Shri A.K. Nagar, Field Director & Chief Conservator of Forests, Shri A.K. Mishra, Joint Director, Satpura Tiger Reserve (STR) and P.C. Sharma (CEO, Zilla Panchayat, Hoshangabad) have asked Satpuda Foundation to focus on youths from relocated villages in our livelihood activities. STR management will approach the concerned government agencies to implement livelihood training programmes under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).