Posting the whole quarterly report is not possible as there are more than a hundred snapshots and items. I'm posting just a few images and activities here to show the scope and range of our work. The names of our officers are listed at the end of the report. Kudos to all of them for their hard work and dedication.
I'll post separate updates soon on our Landscape Monitoring Unit and Melghat Eco-restoration project.
Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve
Above: At Dewada
Above: Firefighting at Adegaon
Our team in the Satpuda TR also helped put out a fire.
Pench Tiger Reserve - Firefighting at Sawra with villagers and Ranger:
We had asked Mr Kharabe, RFO (Territorial) Deolapar to participate in the inauguration of our sewing and embroidery training programme in Sawra. On his way to join us, he saw a fire in the forest around 2 kms from the village. He came to Sawra and asked for assistance. Around 10 school children, 2 adult villagers, teacher Manoj Mankar, Anoop Awasthi and Dilip Lanjewar responded. The whole team fought the fire for 1 1/2 hours. Mr Kharabe was so pleased with the response that he gave Rs 500 to the children. The team decided to purchase a volleyball and a
football for the children's use. Mr Kharabe also promised his assistance to any of our future programmes. He came back to the village and gave a talk on forests, the benefits of forests to villager and the need to protect them.
Satpuda TR: On April 19 a fire was started by villagers in the forest near Birjikhapa to facilitate their collection of mahua flowers. Our Conservation Officer Ashfaq was having lunch with the Deputy Ranger at Nayakheda when they saw smoke. Seven Forest Department staff and Ashfaq then rushed to the spot to fight the fire which, by then, had spread and was threatening to damage even the village. Some of the villagers also joined in the fire-fighting.
Because forest fires are such a menace in summer, we are working to educate villagers about the harmful effects of forest fires and the need to assist the Forest Department in containing them. We have conducted awareness programmes in 4 villages in April: Parraspani, Raikheda, Nandner and Dhargaon in the Matkuli cluster. In May we organized programmes in 11 villages to educate villagers about forest fires - how carelessness can cause fires, other reasons for fires, the harm caused to nature and wildlife as well as humans, and also how to fight fire. In 2 villages, Nayakheda and Birjikhapa, forest guards joined us in the programme.
Kanha NP: In April at a programme at Batwar, our team educated villagers about the many harmful effects of forest fires and the need to help the Forest Department in fighting them.
Above: Cleaning soak pit at Adegaon, Tadoba-Andhari TR, May 2010
Above: Cleaning waterhole at Sitarapeth, TATR, June
Above: Cleaning soak pit at Kondegaon, TATR, July
Above: Constructing waterhole at Khamma, Pench TR, May
Above: Soak pit at Turia, Pench, June
Above: Shramdaan/voluntary work at Ghoti, Pench, June. Creating a waterhole.
Above: Waterhole at Chapri, Kanha National Park, May
Above: Cleaning waterhole at Chapri, Kanha NP, May
Seed banks and tree plantation
Above, below: Seed collection, Pench, June
Above: Seed collection at Dewada, TATR, June
Above: Free distribution of seeds at Chapri, Kanha NP, June. Ajeewika (an MP government agency set up for rural livelihood development) and the Agriculture Department, invited SF to distribute free seeds to poor farmers in Chapri where our centre is located. The seeds are corn, rice and tur.
Above: Digging pit for plantation at Patpara, Kanha NP, June
Above: Plantation preparation at Ghatpendri, Pench, June
Above: Digging pits for plantation at Adegaon, TATR, July
Above: Plantation at Turia, Pench June
Above: Plantation at Ghatpendri, Pench, July
Above: Distribution of saplings at Chapri, Kanha NP, July. Under an Ajeewika scheme, villagers are given Rs 2 to dig one pit and Re 1 to plant one sapling.
Above: Plantation at Chapri, Kanha NP, July
Above: Sapling distribution at Bindakheda, Satpuda TR, July
Above: Tree plantation by D P Tiwari, Biodiversity Board, at Matkuli, Satpuda TR, July
Ajeewika has launched a programme to harvest rainwater in all the 10 villages that we work in in Kanha. The work of monitoring progress and follow-up has been entrusted to us. Work on rainwater structures is going on in the schools in all our villages, and four have been completed.
Driving - course funded by Hemendra Kothari Foundation, at Moharli, Tadoba-Andhari TR
Above: Malvi, at Matkuli, Bori-Satpuda TR, with her sewing machine. She was trained in sewing through SF.
Above: The sewing group at Sawra, Pench, that was trained through Pratham's skill centre facilitated by SF. Here they are displaying re-usable shopping bags they've made after the course. The bags will be available for sale in Mumbai (through the Mumbai-based volunteers) and one or two other cities when they are ready.
Mobile Health Unit
Pench - medical camps in 24 villages, 694 villagers treated
Above: Setting up the Mobile Health camp at Narhar, Pench, July
Above: MHU at Turiya, Pench TR, May
Above: MHU at Dewada, Tadoba-Andhari TR, June
Above: MHU at Jamni, Tadoba-Andhari TR, May
Above: MHU at Palasgaon, Tadoba-Andhari TR, July
Above: MHU at Wanera, Pench TR, July - Conservation Officer Anoop Awasthi and a volunteer dispense medicines from the ambulance
Above: Forest guard Mr Wadke with our MHU team at Piparheti, Tadoba-Andhari TR, June
Above: Anti-plastic campaign at Bhamdeli, Tadoba-Andhari TR, May. Anti-plastic drives were conducted in 3 villages.
Forest officials in the buffer area villages around Kanha NP have recently introduced a scheme for setting up vermi-compost units in villages. Mr Solanki, RFO Khatiya, asked SF Conservation Officer Amit Awasthi to assist in spreading awareness about this scheme in our project villages.
Above: Awareness programme on vermi-composting at Manegaon, Kanha NP, May
Above: Compost pit being dug at Chapri, Kanha NP, July
Above: Compost pit at Sauthiya, Kanha NP, July
Above: Nature trail at Chapri, Kanha, June.
There have been several nature and birding trails organized by our Tadoba Conservation Officer Bandu Kumare as well. Bandu was a Park guide earlier and uses his knowledge to enthuse young people about the biodiversity of the region.
Above: Nature game at Sitarampeth, Tadoba-Andhari TR, July
Above: Awareness programme on tree plantation at Matkuli, Bori-Satpuda TR
Above: Environment education at Aamajhari, Pench, July
Above: Rally on conservation at Chapri, Kanha NP, July
Above: Environment education programme, Dewada, Tadoba-Andhari, July
Above: Film show, Kondegaon, Tadoba-Andhari, July
Water pots for birds
Above: SF team making water pots for birds, Nayakheda, Satuda TR, May
Above: Self-Help Group at Nayakheda putting up water pots for birds, Satpuda TR, May. Water pots were placed for birds in 14 villages.
Above: Children putting up water pots for birds at Khamna, Pench, May
Pench: Education van programme in 7 villages, attended by 292 people
Above: Clothes distribution at Ghoti after voluntary work (shramdaan) - Pench, June. Under our clothes-for-work scheme, garments are not handed out indiscriminately but are distributed only after villagers have done some conservation work for the community.
Some of the young villagers who have found good jobs through our Employment Cell.
Above: Placement of Ramdayal at Maheshwari Resort, Chapri, Kanha, May
Above: Placement of Harichand at Maheshwari Resort, Chapri, Kanha, May
Above: Placement of Choubhelal at Maheshwari Resort, Chapri, Kanha, May
Above: Abhiman Choukey of Sitarampeth (Tadoba) placed with Economic Explosives, Nagpur, May
Above: Conservation Officer (Tadoba-Andhari TR) Bandu Kumare interacting with youths in Dewada about placement and ITI courses, May
Above: Placement of Devsingh Sayyam at Chapri, Kanha, June
Above: Placement of Ashok Uikey at a resort, Kanha, July
Above: Placement of Nathulal Maravi of Chapri at Tigerwoods resort, Kanha, July
Above: Function to celebrate International Biodiversity Day at Nayakheda, Bori-Satpuda TR, May
Above: Distributing certificates to successful candidates of four-wheeler training programme funded by Hemendra Kothari Foundation, Moharli, Tadoba-Andhari TR, May
Above: Dignitaries address villagers at Nayakheda on World Environment Day, Bori-Satpuda, June. The programme was funded by the MP Biodiversity Board which in turn had received funds from UNDP for celebrating this day in different places in the state. SF Conservation Officer Ashfaq Arbi, Mr Abdullah Khan (Ranger, Matkuli), Ms Aarti Arjun Palliya (President, Janpath Panchayat, Pipariya), Mr Uday Raj Singh (CEO, Janpath Panchayat, Piparaya), Mr Azhar Siddique (Dy Ranger, Jhiriya) addressed about 180 villagers from Nayakheda, Dhargaon, Anjandana, Nandkot, Mongra and Naikheda. The speakers talked about nature and biodiversity, the need for conservation and also plantation of saplings.
Above: Awareness on plantation and better farming techniques, at Manegaon, Kanha. We conducted programmes in 6 villages in partnership with Ajeewika, an MP government agency set up for rural livelihood development. The programmes taught farmers how to select appropriate seeds, preparing soil and fields for farming, and techniques of transplanting saplings. In the picture above, Mr S P Jain, SDO, Forest Department, speaks to the villagers.
Above: Conservation Officer Amit Awasthi giving information on better farming techniques at Kuthwahi, Kanha - June
Above: Biodiversity workshop at Ashramshala at Matkuli, Bori-Satpuda, July
Above: Certificate distribution through CEDMAP, Bhopal, to womens' Self-Help Group at Ec0-centre, Matkuli, Bori-Satpuda, July
Pench: Mowgli Utsav 2010 in Turiya: