Monday, November 16, 2015

Activity Update September 2015: Navegaon-Nagzira

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

·      Joined Forest Department staff on 7 patrols
·      4 community assistance voluntary work projects – programmes to clean area next to hand pumps at Koylari, Pitezari, Bhajepar, Kodebarra
·      4 anti-plastic programmes at Koylari, Pitezari, Bhajepar, Kodebarra.
·      2 tree plantation programmes
·      4 awareness programmes on making eco-friendly Ganpati idols
·      6 film shows on nature and wildlife – attended by 627 students
·      Organized 6 medical camps at which 243 patients got free treatment


Our team organized 4 community assistance programmes on September 15, 16, 24, 25 to clear the areas around hand pumps at Koylari, Pitezari, Bhajepar and Kodebarra, respectively. Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in all the programmes led by Mukund and Salimkumar.

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.

Programme at Bhajepar

Programme at Kodebarra

Clearing wild growth around hand pump at Koylari

Our team joined the Forest Department in night patrols on the roads from Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola and Mangezari to Govindtola, Mangezari to Bagadhband on September 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, and 30.  Patrolling was intensified after a leopard and tiger were spotted on September 11 as officials wanted to monitor their movement and ensure that they were safe from poachers. One cattle was killed, reportedly by the tiger, near Bagadhband. The leopard made cattle kill near the road from Mangezari to Bodalkasa, according to local Forest Department officials.

Besides our staff, volunteers from the youth club at Mangezari also joined in the patrols. The youth club was set up with our assistance and is mentored by Mukund Dhurve. Photos below.

During the month, our team organized 4 anti-plastic programmes to clear polythene/plastic litter from the villages. The programmes were organized on September 15, 16, 24 and 25 at the Ashram school, Koylari, Entry Gate Pitezari, Z.P.P.S. Bhajepar and Z.P.P.S., Kodelohara respectively. Mukund, Salimkumar and Jivraj organized the programmes which were attended by villagers and students. The plastic litter has been kept in our Mangezari office and will be sent to Tiroda for recycling.

Photos of the programmes below.

At Koylari

Near Pitezari gate

Drive by students at Bhajepar

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 their doubts and misgivings, we organized 3 awareness programmes during September in Lendezari, Bodalkasa and Kodebarra. 

Village EcoDevelopment Committee meeting, Kodebarra

Our team organized 2 sapling plantation programmes on September 1 and 16 at Z.P.P.S. Jindatola and near Pitezari Gate respectively.

Staff and students of Primary School, Pitezari, planting saplings


There were 4 environment education programmes during the month. Mukund used the classroom visits to conduct awareness programmes about making eco-friendly Ganpati idols and how to make nirmalyas compost (nirmalya = floral offerings). 

Students of Adlok High School, Bolunda, learn how to make
eco-friendly idols

Demonstrating how to make eco-friendly idols at GES Girls High School,

Education van

There were 6 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation in September.


There were 6 health camps in September at which 243 patients received free treatment.  

Dr Zanzad at our free health camp, Chorkhamara

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