Monday, November 20, 2017

Activity Update October 2017: Navegaon-Navgira


Children on a nature trail spend time with a camp elephant
used by the Forest Department
Volunteers collect material to build a check dam in Compartment No. 56

Completed check dam in Compartment No. 56

Members of Women's Self Help Group trained to make bangles
made of lac

Our volunteers join Forest Department staff on a patrol

Our volunteers help clean a waterhole in the park

Bolunda - Our team speaks to children during Wildlife Week

Bolunda - Conservation rally organised by us during Wildlife Week

Jindatola - volunteers clearing wild growth to prevent snakes
and scorpions hiding in the vegetation

Kodebarra - villagers clear wild growth to prevent snakes and scorpions
from hiding in the vegetation

Mangezari - conservation rally 

Thadezari - volunteers from the village clean up plastic litter
from the area near the forest

Forest Department clear wild growth near the Umarzari


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


·      Joined Forest Department staff on 9 patrols
·      9 community assistance programmes to clean area next to hand pumps
·      9 anti-plastic programmes
·      Cleaning of waterholes in Comp. no. 114, Comp. no. 56
·      Built 1 check dam at Comp. no. 56
·      Celebrated Wildlife Week


Our team organised 9 community assistance programs in October to clear areas around hand pumps in different villages. 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 linking Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola, Mangezari to Govindtola, Mangezari to Bagadband, Mangezari to Balapur and Mangezari to Bolunda and in Compartment no. 108, Compartment no. 56 and Compartment no. 57.

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 organised 9 anti-plastic programmes to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programmes were organised on October 9, 13, 14, 15, 18, 21, 24, 25 and 29 at Jindatola, Thadezari, Sodlagondi, Chorkhamara, Pitezari, Umarzari, Govindtola, Thadezari and Asalpani 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 2 awareness programmes during October in Thadezari and Sodlagondi.

On October 23, we build a check dam in Compartment no. 56 in which forest guard, volunteers and our staff participated.

We also celebrated Wildlife Week from 1st to 7th October.

Wildlife Week celebration programme



There were 4 education programmes in October 2017 which were attended by 955 students.

Employment Cell activities

Two women started making bangles from lac. They were earlier trained through a programme organised by us in making bangles from lac.  

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