Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Activity Update November 2016: Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve


Plastic litter clean-up drive at Bolunda

Dr. Burade examines a patient at our free medical camp at Kodebarra

Our free medical camp in Asalpani

Dr. Salim Ali Day celebration at Mangezari

Our Conservation Officer Mukund Dhurve speaks about conservation
to students of GES High School, Kuradi.

 Our volunteers join Forest Department staff in patrol
on rthe oad linking Mangezari and Kodebarra

Our volunteers join Forest Dept. staff in patrol in Compartment no. 109.

Students of Adilok High School, Bolunda watch film on wildlife

Volunteers clean area around hand pump at Alezari

 Volunteers clean area around hand pump at Asalpani 

Volunteers clean waterhole in Compartment no. 109 

Volunteers collect litter in anti-plastic programme at Bodalkasa


Mukund Dhurve         - Conservation Officer
Jivraj Salam                 - Field assistant
Salimkumar Dhurve    - Field assistant

·      Joined Forest Department staff on 6 patrols
·      3 programmes to clean water holes in Compartments no.109, 110, 114
·      7 community assistance programmes to clean area next to hand pumps at Asalpani, Bolunda, Bagadband, Alezari, Umarzari, Mangezari and Boatola
·      7 anti-plastic programmes at Bodalkasa, Asalpani, Bolunda, Alezari, Chorkhamara, Umarzari and Boatola
·      Organised 5 education programmes in schools focusing on migratory birds - 905 students attended
·      Organised 6 education van programmes which were attended by 918 students
·      Organised 6 medical camps in which 84 patients got free treatment
·      Celebrated Dr. Salim Ali Day on 12/11/2016 at Mangezari


Our team organised 3 programmes in November to clean water holes in Compartments 109, 110, 114.

Our team also organised 7 community assistance programmes in November to clear areas around hand pumps at Asalpani, Bolunda, Bagadband, Alezari, Umarzari, Mangezari and Boatola.

Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in all programmes which were led by Mukund and Salimkumar. Details of the programmes are given in the table above.

Water had spilled over while people drew from the hand pumps and had stagnated, leading to proliferation of mosquitoes and insects. Our teams cleared the area, removing scum and organic growth and dug canals to drain away the water.

Our team joined the Forest Department in day and night patrols on the roads from Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola, Mangezari to Govindtola, Mangezari to Bagadband and Mangezari to Kodebarra on November 2, 5, 10, 17, 18 and 29.

Besides our staff, volunteers from a youth club at Mangezari also joined in the patrols. The youth club was set up with our assistance and is mentored by our Conservation Officer Mukund Dhurve. 

During the month, our team organized 7 anti-plastic programmes to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programmes were organized on November 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 15 and 27 at Bodalkasa, Asalpani, Bolunda, Alezari, Chorkhamara, Umarzari and Boatola villages respectively. Mukund, Salimkumar and Jivraj organised the programmes which were attended by villagers and village eco-development committee (VEDC) members. The plastic litter has been kept in our Mangezari office and will be sent to Tiroda for recycling.

The Government of Maharashtra has issued the buffer zone notification for the Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve. Following this, doubts have sprung up in the minds of villagers as to how they will be affected by the notification. Due to the doubts, some villagers are opposing the notification. To clear these doubts and misgivings, we organised a total of 5 awareness programmes during November in 5 villages – Kodelohara, Sodlagondi, Thadezari, Lendezari, and Umarzari.

On 12th November, we celebrated Dr. Salim Ali day at Mangezari by organizing a bird spotting programme. Our Conservation Officer Mukund Dhurve gave information regarding common and migratory birds to the students who attended the programme.


There were 5 education programmes during November 2016.

Education van

There were 6 film shows during the month of November. 


There were 6 health camps in November at which 84 patients received free treatment.

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