Friday, January 23, 2015

Activity Update November 2014: Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve

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


·      Organized 11 film shows on wildlife and nature conservation which were attended by 1,553 people
·      Organized 12 medical camps at which  406 patients got free treatment
·      1 water conservation activity – programme to build check dam in compartment no. 108 with Youth Club, Z.P. P.P. Mangezari School and wildlife department.
·      1 programme to clean water hole in the buffer area of Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary in compartment  no. 108 
·      Joined Forest Department staff on 3 patrols
·      1 community assistance voluntary work project – programme to clean area next to hand pump at Bagadhban.
·      1 programme to promote use of a stove which uses less firewood
·      Organized 2 meetings - Mangezari and Kodebarra – to bring together villagers and officials of Forest Department, Agriculture Department,  Veterinary officer and Tribal Development officer
·      Organized 9 education programmes in which 1,253 students participated


Our team organized 1 community assistance programme on November 13 to clear the area around a hand pump at Bagadhban. 12 unemployed youths participated in this programme which was led by Mukund and Salimkumar.

In this place, water had spilled over while people drew from the hand pump and had stagnated, leading to proliferation of mosquitoes and insects. Our teams cleared the area, removing scum and organic growth and dug a canal to drain away the water.

Our team joined the Forest Department in day and night patrols on the road from Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola, Mangezari to Bagadhban on November 13, 14, 19.  Patrolling was intensified in the area after a tiger was spotted on October 21 as officials wanted to monitor the movement of the tiger and ensure that it was safe from poachers.

The area is known to attract poachers as power cables are strung on poles erected by the side of the road. In the past, there have been instances of poaching on this road when poachers used hooks and wires to draw power from the cables and killed animals by electrocution. Sometimes, wires are drawn several hundred meters into the jungle from the cables. At least one gaur and one leopard have been killed over the past year, using this method. 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 Mukund Dhurve.

On November 18, we also organized a patrol in Compartment 108 during which our team
cleaned a water hole in the Compartment. The water body was clogged with organic litter and dust. Our team removed the litter and de-silted the water body.

On November 12, Mukund organized a programme to build a check dam on a stream in Compartment no. 108 in the buffer zone of Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve. The stream is around 2.5 km from Mangezari and located inside thick jungle.

Leopards, spotted deer, sambhar, wild boars and wild dogs are regularly sighted in this area. 6 youths from the village, 12 students from Zilla Parishad Primary School, Mangezari, 1 Forest Guard and 3 temporary workers of the Forest Department joined Mukund, Salim and Jivraj in the programme.

Most villagers use firewood for cooking. As it is not possible to immediately stop the use of firewood altogether, we have been organizing programmes to promote the use of stoves which use improved technology to reduce the use of firewood.  Experts estimate that the improved stoves reduce the use of firewood by half.

On November 17, we organized a programme at Zilla Primary School, Mangezari, where we demonstrated the working of the stove, known locally as Nirdhur Chula. The school will now use the new stove for making daily mid-day meals for the students.

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 have started opposing the notification. To clear these doubts and misgiving, we organized two awareness programmes during November. The details are given in the above table.


There were 9 environment education programmes at schools during November.

Education van

There were 11 programmes in the month of November.

Employment Cell activities

There were no placements or training programmes in November.


There were 12 health camps in November.

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