- One voluntary work project to build a check dam at Datizira Beat, West Pench
- One anti-plastic programme in the buffer zone area of Pench Tiger Reserve
- Field assistant Bandu Uikey, Dilip Lanjewar joined Forest Department staff on anti-poaching patrols six times
- One nature awareness rally on Republic Day at Ghatpendari village
- Inauguration of Satpuda Foundation’s Medical Health Service at Nagpur on 27 January
- Environment education programme in 13 villages in which we addressed 428 students
- Six film shows on nature and wildlife – viewed by 300 students
- Assisted 2 unemployed youth to get training in hospitality industry
- Organized village meetings at Ghoti, Dhawlapur, Shiladevi to form Village Eco Development Committee (VEDC)
- Assisted EDC of Ghatpendari in distributing 33 LPG connections to villagers of Ghatpendari and Salai
On January 1, 10 and 24, Dilip joined members of the village eco-development committees (VEDC) of Wagholi, Sillari and Khapa respectively on patrols in the forest. No illegal activity was observed by the team on these patrols. Photo below.
Similarly, Bandu Uikey joined patrols on January 5, 12 and 19 in West Pench. In these patrols, besides VEDC members, there was also local staff from the Forest Department and members of the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF). The teams covered the South beat, Dhatizira, Saat Talao and East beat of West Pench region. Below: VEDC patrolling near Ghatpendari.
On January 26, the Forest Department and VEDC, Ghatpendari organized a programme to distribute 33 cooking gas connections to villagers of Ghatpendari and Salai. The connections and cylinder refills are provided to the villagers at 25 percent of cost to induce them to shift away from firewood and reduce pressure on forests. We helped identify the beneficiaries, assisted the villagers in preparing the required documents and explained to the villagers how to use the stoves and the precautions which need to be taken. Our field assistant Bandu handed over some of the connections personally. Photo below.
On January 8, we assisted the Forest Department in conducting a meeting at Ghoti to explain to the villagers the benefits of forming a VEDC and from having a micro-plan. Similar meetings were held at Salai, Dhawlapur and Shiladevi on January 11, 22 and 25 respectively. Below: Meeting at Ghoti.
On January 27, our new ambulance was flagged off at Nagpur by Chief Wildlife Warden SWH Naqvi and PCCF (Wildlife) Sarjan Bhagat. This ambulance will be used to provide mobile health services to villagers in Pench (M.P. and Maharashtra), Navegaon-Nagzira and Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserves. Inauguration photos below.
|Environment education class at Ghatpendari|
|Nature game, Pipariya|
On January 9 Dilip and Nikhil led 40 children from Pipariya on a nature trail in the jungle adjoining the village. On the trail, Dilip and Nikhil spoke to the children about the importance of trees and wildlife in our eco system. A similar nature trail was organized for 8 students of Ghoti on January 19. Photos below.
|Pipariya - Asst. Education Officer Nikhil Saryam explaining the |
importance of trees
Education Van Programme
|Film screening at Kadbikheda|
|Sillari children watching wildlife film|