Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Activity Update August 2017: Satpura Tiger Reserve



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

·      1,051 saplings planted
·      12 awareness programmes on sapling plantation
·      Built 2 check dams
·      Classroom visits to 15 schools as part of our environment education program – attended by 981 students
·      9 films shows on wildlife and nature conservation- attended by 459 children
·      5 youths placed in jobs
·      Medical camps in 6 villages - 201 patients treated
·      Visit to check on status of 4 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 team organised planting of saplings in Matkuli, Dundi, Bandhan and Jhirpa villages. A total of 1,051 saplings of various species including Kosam, Kathal and teak were planted with the support of Eco-Development Committees, School Administrations and Forest Department staff.

On August 6, we organised a programme to build a check dam in the forest near Matkuli village. A team comprising of 15 villagers and Hamid built the dam. The resultant water body will benefit wildlife at nights. Tiger, spotted deer, monkeys, leopards and other wild animals are spotted in the area.  

A similar programme was organised at Aaritodiya, on August 12.


During the month, our team organised 15 lectures to educate students about nature and wildlife conservation.

On August 17, we arranged for school students to go on an exposure visit to the Government Garden and Nursery at Matkuli. On the trip, it was explained to the children why there is a need for conservation and the benefits of protecting our environment.

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

Employment Cell

5 youths from relocated and buffer villages got jobs in August thanks to our assistance.

Details of the placements are as follows:

During August, Shri A.K. Mishra, Joint Director, Satpura Tiger Reserve, had visited Matkuli and asked Satpuda Foundation to focus on livelihood training programmes for residents of relocated villages. Accordingly, we have prepared and submitted proposals for training in poultry rearing, bee keeping, making products from lantana and in tailoring. The proposals were submitted to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Zilla Panchayat Hoshangabad

Independence Day

On August 15, we organised a function at Matkuli to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day. The programme was attended by Mr. Kamal Kishore Pal (Sarpanch Gram Panchayat-Matkuli), Sohan Jaiswal, Mahesh Tailor (Manager, Chetak Enterprises), students and teachers from Government Schools. We used the function to promote awareness about conservation and public hygiene and arranged for a rally.

Mobile Health Service (MHS)

Satpuda Foundation organises 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 6 villages in August.

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