Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Activity Update January 2018: Navegaon-Nagzira


Kodebarra health camp: Dr Zanzal examines a patient

Our Conservation Officer Mukund Dhurve joins the Forest Department
staff on patrol in the park

Unemployed villagers of Balapur discuss livelihood options with our team

Jindatola villagers discuss livelihood and conservation issues with our team

Members of Womens' SHGs at a meeting organised by us at Kodebarra

Students in Kodelohara watching a film on tiger conservation

Kuradi students prepared these vegetable patches with our guidance

Conservation awareness rally in Mangezari

Mangezari villagers attend a meeting on forest fires,
prevention and fire-fighting

Pangdi students being briefed before a nature trail


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

·      Joined Forest Department staff on 5 patrols
·      5 community assistance programs to clean area next to hand pumps
·      6 anti-plastic programs
·      3 waterholes cleaned
·      Organised 3 classroom programs in which 632 students were present
·      Organised 6 film shows in which 801 students were present
·      Organised 6 medical camps in which 217 patients got free treatment


Our team organised 5 community assistance programs in January to clear areas around hand pumps in different villages. Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in all the programmes, 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 Compartment no. 57, Compartment no. 109, Compartment no. 110 and on the roads linking Mangezari to Kodebarra and Mangezari to Jindatola. 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 by Mukund, Salimkumar and Jivraj, on January 5, 6, 9, 11, 19 and 20 at Jindatola, Pangdi, Sodlagondi, Balapur, Mangezari and Umarzari villages respectively. They 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 2 awareness programmes during January in Sodlagondi and Umarzari.


There were 3 education programmes in January which were attended by 632 students.

Education van

There were 6 film shows organised in which 801 students were present.

Employment Cell activities

We helped 3 youths get jobs during the month.

MHS (Mobile Health Service)

There were 6 health camps in January.

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