Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Activity Update August 2016: Satpura Tiger Reserve


Baridevi - Our Conservation Officer Ashfaq Aarbi
examines sapling plantation site

Bindakheda - Students plant saplings provided by us 

Jhirpa - Plantation programme 

Jhirpa - School students plant saplings

Matkuli - Dr. Zanzal examines patient at our free medical camp

Matkuli - Our field assistant Hameed Khan conducts
 environment education programme at Saraswati Shishu Mandir.

Matkuli - Students of Ashram school watch film on nature and wildlife

Mohgaon - School studnets plant saplings during free medical camp

Pisuwa - Students of village school take out rally
to promote awareness about conservation

Singanama - Staff and students of village school join our plantation drive

Singanama - Students, staff of village school join our plantation drive

Team: Ashfaq Aarbi – Conservation Officer
            Hameed Khan – Field assistant

·      5,000 saplings planted
·      9 awareness programmes on sapling plantation
·      Built  check dam at Jhirpa
·      Classroom visits to 14 schools as part of our environment education program – attended by 858 students
·      9 films shows on wildlife and nature conservation- attended by 534 children
·      Prepared 25 loan applications for villagers to earn livelihood based on lantana products
·      Medical camps in 5 villages - 107 patients treated
·      Prepared people’s diversity register in Gram Panchayat Matkuli, Tekapar and Pisuwa
·      Visit to check on status of  9 villages which have already been relocated


With the monsoon setting in across the landscape, our teams have been working to motivate villagers to plant saplings. In August, our Satpura Tiger Reserve team organized planting of saplings in Jhiriya, Baridevi, Singanama, Bindakheda, Mohgaon and Jhirpa village. A total of 5,000 saplings of Karanj, Amla, teak, Kosam, Sindoor, Maidachal, and lemon were planted with the support of the Eco-Development Committee, School administration and Forest Department staff.

On August 6, we organized a programme to build a check dam in the forest around 3 km from Jhirpa village. A team comprising of 15 villagers from Jhirpa and Hamid built the dam. The resultant water body will benefit wildlife at nights. Tiger, spotted deer, monkeys, leopards and other wild animal are spotted in the area.      


During the month, our team organized 14 lectures to educate students about nature and wildlife conservation.

Education Van

During August, our team organized a total of 9 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation.

Employment Cell

During the month, we helped 25 villagers prepare loan applications for livelihood programmes based on lantana. These applications were submitted under Mukhyamantri Aarthik Kalyan Yojana to Shri Sanket Bhondwe, District Collector Hoshangabad, We had earlier organized programmes to train villagers in making furniture and other products from lantana.

Shri A.K. Mishra, Conservator of Forests, Satpura Tiger Reserve, had asked Satpuda Foundation to focus on livelihood training programme for villagers in relocated villages.

Accordingly, we prepared proposals for programmes in bee-keeping, poultry, lantana products and tailoring/stitching. The proposals were submitted to Government agencies.

Independence Day

On August 15, we organized a function to celebrate our Independence Day at Matkuli. The programme was attended by Mr. Kamal Kishore Pal (Sarpanch Gram Panchayat-Matkuli), Sohan Jaiswal, Shri L.K. Shukla Deputy Ranger, All Government School students, teachers, Forest guards, Eco-Development Committee members of Matkuli and several villagers of Matkuli attended the programme.

Mobile Health Service (MHS)

Satpuda Foundation organizes medical camps at which villagers get free treatment and medicines. These camps, whose schedule is set in conjunction with the management of the Tiger Reserve, are run by the Mobile Health Service (MHS) of Satpuda Foundation.

There were health camps in 5 villages in August.

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