On February 18 and 19 Field Assistant Dilip Lanjewar organized voluntary work project programmes at Khapa and Wagholi respectively. Villagers and VEDC members teamed up with Dilip to build a check dam on streams near the jungle. Both sites were around 1 km from the respective villages. The water bodies will be useful for wildlife in the summer, when there is a scarcity of water. Photos of the Khapa check dam below.
|Water backs up after completion of the dam|
On February 26, Field Assistant Bandu Uikey arranged a voluntary work project at Ghatpendari to dig plastic disposal pits in the village area to dispose of plastic/polythene litter from the road in the village. As there is forest around the village, there is a danger that wildlife, which is frequently seen in this area, could eat the plastic bags. Below: photos of the volunteers digging a pit.
On February 5 and 26, Dilip joined members of the village eco-development committees (VEDC) of Khapa and Wagholi respectively on patrols in the forest. No illegal activity was observed by the teams on these patrols. There were 6 other community patrols by VEDC members of these villages in February. Details are given in the table above.
|Dilip and VEDC members on patrol near Khapa|
|Villagers and our staff on patrol with the Forest Department staff|
on World Wetland Day - Kolitmara
From Feb 13 to 23 Bandu Uikey carried out baseline surveys for the preparation of a micro-plan for Shiladevi village. The data collected from this survey will be analyzed and suitable beneficiaries for government schemes will be identified. This will help the government in carrying out village development along with forest conservation. Photo below.
Similarly, Bandu Uikey joined patrols on February 1 and 9 in West Pench. In these patrols, besides VEDC members, there were local staff from the Forest Department and members of the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF). The team also did special patrolling on the occasion of 'Wetland Day' around the water bodies of the area checking for any water poisoning crimes.
Environmental Education Programmes
|Talk by Bandu at Kirangisarra|
|Playing nature games at Kirangisarra|
|Nature game at Sawara|
On February 26 Dilip led 20 children from Kadbikheda on a nature trail in the jungle adjoining the village. On the trail, Dilip spoke to the children about the importance of birds and spiders in our eco- system.
|Nature trail guided by Dilip|
IT Education Programme
|Pipariya - Nikhil teaching MS Word to students|
The recruitment drive for the new position 'Forest Watcher' only from 41 buffer villages of Pench Tiger Reserve was carried out by the Forest Department. Field Assistant Dilip Lanjewar and Bandu Uikey actively helped the eligible candidates in the application process, as the process was a bit complex and villagers needed assistance for it. We also tried to spread the news of the drive in as many villages as possible from our area of operations.