Friday, July 28, 2017

Activity Update June 2017: Navegaon-Nagzira


Cleaning a park waterhole with the Forest Department staff

Our volunteers join the Forest Department on patrol in the park

Our volunteers join the Forest Department on night patrol

Our free medical camp at Asalpani - Dr Zanzal with a patient

Our Conservation Officer speaking to students at Bolunda

Inauguration of a nature trail

Jindatola - plastic clean-up drive

Kodebarra - patients waiting at our free health camp

Mangezari - villagers learn about livelihood opportunities
through vegetable farming

Mangezari - World Environment Day celebration

Mangezari - volunteers cleaning the area around a hand pump
and soak pit


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

·      Joined Forest Department staff on 7 patrols
·      3 programmes to clean waterholes in Compartments no. 112, 110 and 108
·      5 community assistance voluntary work programmes to clean areas next to hand pumps at Jindatola, Mangezari, Bodalkasa, Asalpani and Jindatola
·      6 anti-plastic programmes at Jindatola, Mangezari, Bodalkasa, Asalpani, Jindatola and Govindtola
·      Celebrated World Environment Day on 5th June 2017 at Mangezari
·      Organised 6 education programmes in schools focusing on plantation - 760 students attended
·      Organised 6 education van programmes in schools focusing on nature and wildlife - 760 students attended
·      Conducted medical camps in 6 villages at which 279 patients got treatment


Our team organised 3 programmes in June to clean water holes in Compartments no. 112, 110 and 108.

Our team also organised 5 community assistance programmes in June to clear areas around hand pumps at Jindatola, Mangezari, Bodalkasa, Asalpani and Jindatola. 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 joined the Forest Department in day and night patrols on the roads from Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola, Mangezari to Govindtola, Mangezari to Bagadband and in Compartment no. 108, on June 1, 2, 14, 16, 19, 22 and 25.

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 organised 6 anti-plastic programmes to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programmes were organised on June 3, 17, 18, 20, 21 and 24 at Jindatola, Mangezari, Bodalkasa, Asalpani, Jindatola and Govindtola villages respectively. Mukund, Salimkumar and Jivraj organised 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 organised a total of 4 awareness programmes during June in 4 villages – Boatola, Bodalkasa, Alezari and Umarzari.

On the occasion of Word Environment day, we organised a programme at Mangezari for the village’s eco-development committee members and Forest Department staff. The importance of our environment and the need to conserve it was explained to the gathering. The Forest Department used the occasion to distribute 95 solar-powered lamps to villagers.


There were 6 education programmes during June 2017.

Education van

There were 6 film show programmes in June.

Mobile Health Service

There were 6 health camps in June 2017.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

To see the Nawegaon National Park in its true glory, one should visit here from October to May as the climate will be cool; also it will be a good time to indulge in bird watching.