Friday, November 11, 2016

Activity Update October 2016: Navegaon-Nagzira


olunteers build check dam in Compartment no. 108

Volunteers clean waterhole in Compartment no. 109 

Volunteers on night patrol 

Asalpani - Volunteers digging soak pit

Asalpani - Soak pit built by volunteers 

Bagadband - Volunteers clear wild growth from area around hand pump

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

Bolunda - Students take part in conservation-themed essay-writing contest

Mangezari - Students of village's primary school set off on conservation rally
during Wildlife Week

Pitezari - Dr. Zanzal examines Forest Guard Rangari
at our free medical camp

Sodlagondi - Conservation Officer Mukund Dhurve
speaks to villagers on conservation and livelihood issues
 in a Wildlife Week programme

Wadegaon - Drawing competition organised by us at Adilok High School
during Wildlife Week

Anti- plastic programme at Lendezari

Check dam built by volunteers in Compartment no. 108
during Wildlife Week

Day patrolling at comp. no. 110


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

·      Joined Forest Department staff on 6 patrols
·      6 community assistance voluntary work programmes to clean area next to hand pumps at Kodebarra, Jindatola, Bagadband, Thadezari, Mangezari, Boatola
·      2 programmes to clean waterholes in Compartment  no. 110, 109
·      6 anti-plastic programmes at Kodebarra, Lendezari, Jindatola, Thadezari,  Mangezari, Boatola
·      Organized programmes to celebrate Wildlife Week in 9 villages
·      Organized 6 medical camps in which 127 patients got free treatment


Our team organized 6 community assistance programmes in October to clear areas around hand pumps at Kodebarra, Jindatola, Bagadband, Thadezari, Mangezari and Boatola respectively. Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in all programmes which were led by Mukund and Salimkumar. Details of the programmes are given in the table above.

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.
Our team also organized 2 programmes in October to clear waterholes in Compartments no. 110 and 109.

Our team joined the Forest Department in day and night patrols on the roads from Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola, Mangezari to Govindtola, Mangezari to Bagadhband and in Compartments no. 109 and 110 on October 11, 14, 15, 19, 24 and 27.

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 our Conservation Officer Mukund Dhurve.  

During the month, our team organized 6 anti-plastic programmes to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programmes were organized on October 11, 12, 17, 23, 24 and 26 at Kodebarra, Lendezari, Jindatola, Thadezari, Mangezari and Boatola villages respectively. Mukund, Salimkumar and Jivraj organized the programmes which were attended by villagers and village eco-development committee (VEDC) members. The plastic litter has been kept in our Mangezari office and will be sent to Tiroda for recycling.
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 these doubts and misgivings, we organized awareness programmes during October in 3 villages –.Thadezari, Lendezari and Pitezari.

Our team organized a series of programmes to celebrate Wildlife Week in 9 villages in our area of operations. The details are given below:


There were 6 health camps in October at which 151 patients received free treatment. 


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