Thursday, March 19, 2015

Building conservation leaders: Our workshop for nature lovers on March 14-15, 2015

From Kishor Rithe, Founder & President, Satpuda Foundation

To build conservation leaders, a two-day capacity building workshop was organized at Aryan Foundation's Park in Jalgaon District, on March 14 and 15, for nature lovers of the area. 30 nature lovers were trained to help them become 'conservation practitioners' to effectively fight battles for wildlife, forest and environment protection.

The workshop was organized by Satpuda Foundation in collaboration with School of Environment, Jalgaon, and Aryan Foundation.

The 30 participants were trained in subjects like conservation education, wildlife conservation and management, social and wildlife studies, conservation strategies, media for conservation and environmental law.

Kishor Rithe, President of SF; Mr Mohan Atalkar, Senior Reporter of the daily Loksatta; and Raju Nannaware, member of the Regional Empowerment Committee, conducted training sessions. Participants worked on some well-designed practical modules.

SF is investing efforts in building conservation leaders in Asia, and has been regularly arranging training and capacity-building programmes. The Foundation has decided to conduct such short-duration training programmes in a few districts of Maharashtra.

'This was the beginning of the idea,' said Kishor Rithe.

Participants expressed the wish to practice their conservation lessons after going home, and also to start environmental campaigns to address local forest, wildlife and environmental issues, Raju Nannaware (head of the School of Environment and a local organizer) stated in a press release.

Dr Ravi Mahajan, Dr Mrs Rekha Mahajan, Vivek Desai, Mrs Chetana Nannaware, Ms Shweta Bhandari, made great efforts to make this programme a success.

Kishor Rithe talking to participants

Group picture

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