Sunday, February 5, 2017

Activity Update December 2016: Satpura Tiger Reserve


Pachmarhi - Food products made by villagers
on display at our stall in Pachmarhi Utsav

Pachmarhi - R.P. Tripaththi, senior bank official,
inspects products on display at our stall in Pachmarhi Utsav

Visitors to our stall look at lantana products made by villagers

Almod - Check dam built by volunteers 

Almod - Volunteer bringing material to build the check dam

 Volunteers clear organic litter from a water body used by wildlife

Matkuli - Our field assistant Hameed Khan conducts
environment education programme in the village school

Matkuli - Students watch a film on wildlife conservation 

The full report:

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

·      6 water conservation voluntary work projects during the month – built 2 check dams, 4 water bodies cleaned
·      10 awareness programmes on vermi-compost
·      Classroom visits to 14 schools as part of our environment education program – attended by 778  students
·      8 films shows on wildlife and nature conservation - attended by 5,337 children and adults
·      Participated in Pachmarhi Utsav 2016 at Pachmarhi
·      Participated in camera trapping workshop at Jhiriya and Matkuli
·      Visit to check on status of  8 villages which have already been relocated
·      BCRLIP awareness programme


During December, we organised 6 programmes related to water conservation. 

On December 26, we organised a programme to clean a water body in the jungle around 5 km from Mehandikheda village. The water body was covered with leaves and organic litter and animals were finding it difficult to drink. Our team, consisting of field assistant Hameed Khan and 18 children from Government Primary School; Mehandikheda cleared the litter and made the water body accessible to the animals again. Spotted deer are regularly spotted around this water body while there are occasional sightings of sloth bears and monkeys.

Three similar programmes were organised at Maili Nallah (one) and Chakar (two) on December 27 and 28.

On December 27, we organised a programme to build a check dam on a stream around 3 km from Almod village. The resultant water body will benefit wildlife at nights. Spotted deer, monkeys and leopards are spotted in the area.

A similar program was organised at Barud village and a check dam was built on December 28.  


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

Education Van

During December, our team showed 8 films on nature and wildlife conservation.

Employment Cell -Training programme

20 candidates trained in lantana furniture making got registered with Hastshilpi Kalyan Yojna under Government. 12 trainees mastered in making furniture out of lantana. Their hand-crafted products have been kept at Eco center, Matkuli and souvenir shop, Pachmarhi and are being sold to customers who visit the two places.              

Pachmarhi Utsav 2016

Every December, the district administration organises a 4-day festival at Pachmarhi known as Pachmarhi Utsav. At this festival, various Government departments selected NGOs and local artisans and craftsmen put up stalls to showcase their work. Satpuda Foundation put up a stall in which we displayed products made by villagers trained by us. Products on display included furniture and handicrafts made from lantana, food products such as pickles and honey.

We also made presentations of our activities in Satpura Tiger Reserve and distributed literature about bio-diversity conservation.

Around 25,000 people are estimated to have visited the festival over the 4 days (December 15-18).

Camera Trap Workshop

On December 6, Satpuda Foundation participated in a one-day Camera Trap workshop. The programme, held at Jhiriya was organised by Satpuda Tiger Reserve, Hoshangabad and focused on the role of forest guards, Deputy Ranger, Forest Range Officer, Assistance Director and related bodies.

 Intensive monitoring of source

1.    Beatwise sign survey twice a year
2.    Monitoring in PIP on regular basis
3.    Minimum tiger number (Count from camera traps)
4.    Estimating tiger number from systematic camera trap sampling
5.    Monitoring prey densities on transect
6.    Monitoring routine patrol log

Mr. Aashish Khobragade (Forest Range Officer) and Ashfaq Aarbi (Conservation Officer) spoke and made presentations. This programme was attended by  Shri A.K. Mishra (Joint Director), Lokesh Nirapure (Assistant  Director), Vijay Shrivastav (Assistant  Director), Vishal Dongre, B.P. Shrivastava (Forest Ranger Officer), all Deputy Rangers and 60 Forest guards in Game range Matkuli, Pipariya buffer and Denwa buffer Range of Satpuda Tiger Reserve.

A similar programme was organised at Eco Centre, Matkuli on December 7.

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