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My Jungle - Participatory Forest Conservation

by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra
My Jungle - Participatory Forest Conservation
Beekeeping Training to Locals
Beekeeping Training to Locals

We, Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra are very thankful to every donor for their valuable contribution towards My Jungle project, we are also thankful towards GlobalGiving for their support to spread our work all over the world.

Biodiversity Survey

Biodiversity Surveys were executed to document the fascinating wildlife in the region. In the Konkan region, we have so many sacred forests which are called as ‘Devarai’ in the local language. These forests are protected due to religious reasons, by hundreds of years.  ‘Kudawale Devarai ‘ is one of the oldest sacred forest placed in Dapoli block of Ratnagiri district. Two days biodiversity survey was executed by day night patrolling and camera trapping.

Educating young minds

SNM is inspiring the young minds by introducing them to the amazing life of wild animals and the beauty of nature. SNM has published a book ‘Gupit Khavlemanjarache’ which means ‘Secret Lives of Pangolin’ in collaboration with Sahyadri Tiger Reserve. The book introduces the entire life of Pangolin in the way of storytelling.

Alternate livelihood

The best way to reduce the strain on the forests is to provide Alternate livelihood resources to the locals. Thus SNM is inspiring people toward ecotourism, NTFP collection and the other livelihood resources which do not possess threat among nature. Community meetings were held at Choravane and Panhali village, in meeting people were introduced the idea on Homestay and Nature Guide. Modern beekeeping training workshops were held at veer and Panhali.

Tree Plantation

To maximize the survival rate of the plants which were planted earlier, the Care of the plants taken by providing fertilizers, removal of weeds and other works were done with the help of local people. There was very good support of locals including schooling children. SNM is also inspiring people by providing native species plants or any other type of help they need to take care of the plants.

Enlightening young minds...
Enlightening young minds...
Meeting with local stakeholders.
Meeting with local stakeholders.

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Awareness in Schools
Awareness in Schools

We express gratitude to the donors for committing to the My Jungle - Participatory Forest Conservation. Also, we are grateful to the Global Giving for providing the platform to spread a word about our work and fundraising. 

Awareness

Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra continued its education and awareness activity among local and tribal community. SNM takes various competitions in educational institute such as a drawing, writing, and power point presentation on wildlife of the region. SNM arranged workshop on the occasion of ‘World Pangolin Day’ on 16th February 2019 at Devrukh village in Sangameshwar block to outreach mass awareness. On this World Pangolin day occassion school student joined us through Rally to raise awareness in the region. In workshop community and frontline law enforcement agencies were educated and aware about plants and animals and their relation between us. The communities were also educated and aware about ecosystem services from nature such as Apiculture, NTFP collection (Non Timber Forest Product), Eco tourism – Homestay and Nature guide. Short movie and pictorial story books on Indian Pangolin in local language were released and distributed on the occasion of world pangolin day. Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra has continued meeting and interaction with local for the conservation of forest and species. 

Tree Plantation

Planted tree in the region with the help of the local people were adopted by school student and local community to take care of it and increase survival rate of the plant. The native tree such as Lagerstroemia speciosa (Tamhan), Alstonia scholaris (Satvin), Ficus Ficus religiosa (Pimple), religiosa (Pimple), Memecylon umbellatun (Anjani), etc. Through such activity, local people involved in conservation and take care of the biodiversity near by them.

Presentation and Exhibition

Photo Exhibition and Presentation – Awareness through the photo exhibition and presentation were held on 18th January 2019 at Brahman Sahyak Sangh Hall Chilplun, Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra, India. To document biodiversity of the region young mind school students were involved to capture biodiversity of the region through camera trap used during jungle survey. School student had given presentation on the biodiversity what they found from camera trap in their region and the same camera trap images were used for the exhibition.

Wildlife Survey

Trap cameras were deployed in the field to study biodiversity of the region data were collected through camera trap will be documented. The data will help to better understand species ecology and conservation need of the region. The better knowledge and documented data gain through camera trap utilized to educate and to aware community.

School student Rally to raise awareness .
School student Rally to raise awareness .
Wildlife presentation by Rural Student
Wildlife presentation by Rural Student
Meeting with villagers to raise Conservation
Meeting with villagers to raise Conservation
Leopard (Panthera pardus) Trapped in Camera Trap
Leopard (Panthera pardus) Trapped in Camera Trap
students with binocular
students with binocular

We express gratitude to the donors for committing to the My Jungle - Participatory Forest Conservation. Also, we are grateful to the Global Giving for providing the platform to spread a word about our work and fundraising. 

Awareness and Nature trail

Awareness in schools children continues in the region the information about the Importance of various plants and their role in the environment. This session helps to create curiosity and Knowledge about Nature in the young mind and most important is spread awareness to protect nature throughout the region. Field experience is the most important key for field experience Nature trail was taken for the children in which they get hands-on knowledge about the plants, birds in their surrounding there importance. In Nature trail, children’s learn to identification key characteristic of Plants and Birds, Identification through Nature guide. Such activity brings this generation more close to nature which will help this young’s mind to take steps for conservation and nature protection in the region

Tree plantation

Regular Tree Plantation activity is taking place in the region with the help of the local people. The native tree such as Lagerstroemia speciosa (Tamhan), Alstonia scholaris (Satvin), Ficus religiosa (Pimple), Memecylon umbellatun (Anjani), Syzygium cumini (Jambul) etc. Through such activity, local people involved in conservation during the plantation local people were aware of the importance of such native plants.

Strengthening local livelihoods

 Meeting and discussion on the community livelihoods, some livelihood areas that can be strengthened have been identified in these discussions such as Homestay and Apiculture. Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra had taken steps and started Homestay in Choravane village in the region where wildlife enthusiast and trekker’s visits and stay at local villagers place through which local villagers generate a sustainable resource of livelihood. Apiculture or Beekeeping is one of the sustainable resources of livelihood Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra had started training for the local villager and providing native honeybee Apis cerena species Honey bee boxes. Such activity help in conservation of native honeybees and through bee pollination increased in a crop, fruits productivity in the region.

Awareness Workshop

 To create awareness for conservation of Indian Pangolin awareness workshop held at Mandangad block­ of Ratnagiri district. Village head, Police Patil, and students of the various schools and colleges, officers from the forest department and police department and local villagers were present from entire block. Officials from forest department introduced to people the laws and current status of Indian pangolin. At the end of the workshop, all people gave the pledge to the conservation of Indian pangolin in their work area.

Natural water resources conservation

 Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra with local people of Choravane village had built a small dam at Choravane village water stream for water conservation and fulfill the requirement of water in the village. Past few years local villagers facing water shortage in the region even the groundwater level was dropped to get rid of such issues Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra had discussed with villagers and had built a dam in the region with local support.

Camera Trap Wildlife Survey

 The camera traps are set up in consultation with the community members having expertise and knowledge about wildlife. Compilation of the images from the trap cameras will be an important aid in awareness generation on the wildlife existing in the area.

Awareness workshop
Awareness workshop
small dam
small dam
Tree Plantation
Tree Plantation

Project updates September 2018

We thank the donors for committing to the My Jungle - Participatory Forest Conservation. Also, we are grateful to the Global Giving for providing the platform to spread a word about our work and fundraising. 

Tree Plantation: Tree Plantation activity was carried out with the awareness on the       Importance of plants for life cycle. The native tree such as Lagerstroemia speciosa (Tamhan), Alstonia scholaris (Satvin), Ficus religiosa (Pimple), Memecylon umbellatun (Anjani), Syzygium    cumini (Jambul) etc was done with the help of local peoples. 

Tree Plantation program held in Guruvarya Lalasaheb Patankar Vidyalaya, Bopoli in the month of September. The students of 8th and 9th std. actively participated in this program. Project officer encouraged students to preserve trees which play a vital role in maintaining the ecological balance. He added that it is the responsibility of every one of us to not only grow trees but also taking care of and protecting them.

 Strengthening local livelihoods: Meeting and discussion on the community livelihoods were conducted in Choravane Village of district Ratnagiri. General community members and village council (Gram Panchayat) members were consulted. Some livelihood areas that can be strengthened have been identified in these discussions. These areas have been an improvement in rice productivity, energy source other than fuelwood and nature tourism and homestay for tourists as income generation activities for the local community. The response of the community has been encouraging. In the due course, we will work to materialize the outcome of these discussions.

Awareness Lectures: Awareness lectures held in Netaji Subhaschandra Highschool, Koynanagar giving the information about the Importance of various plants and their role in the environment. This session helps to create curiosity and Knowledge about Nature in the young mind and most important is spread awareness to protect nature throughout the region.

Use of camera traps to document the wildlife: The camera traps are set up in consultation with the community members having expertise and knowledge about wildlife. Compilation of the images from the trap cameras will be an important aid in awareness generation on the wildlife existing in the area. 

Awareness Lectures
Awareness Lectures
Meeting and discussion
Meeting and discussion
Use of camera traps to document the wildlife
Use of camera traps to document the wildlife
Tree Plantation at Choravane
Tree Plantation at Choravane
Photo Exhibition and Interaction with Student
Photo Exhibition and Interaction with Student

We thank the donors for committing to the My Jungle - Participatory Forest Conservation. Also, we are grateful to the GlobalGiving for providing the platform to spread a word about our work and fundraising. 

Awareness

Awareness programme held in various schools on various topics such as afforestation, the importance of trees jungle, Species found nearby forest region and their importance, snake awareness etc. Many of the school’s students had set up the awareness play for conservation and importance of the jungle for the nearby other schools and villages under the guidance of Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra. Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra Visited at Shingari, Dahivali, Birmani, kalmani villages of Ratngiri and olambi village of raigadh to meet villagers to aware about the deforestation and threat to the species such as Indian Pangolin an Endangered species, leopard, Mouse dear etc for a multiple of private and government development projects. Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra has continued meeting and interaction with local for the conservation of forest and species.
Photo Exhibition – Awareness through the photo exhibition held on 26th to 27th June 2018 at Brahman Sahyak Sangh Hall Chilplun, Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra, India. Photos were captured in camera trap used during jungle survey using camera trap. A huge number of school students and local people approximately 2000 people had visited with curiosity to know about the species found nearby the jungle areas and the role of this species to maintain ecological balance for better survival of us.
Documentation of Wildlife
The Camera Trap set up in the nearby jungle and forest areas to survey the area. Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra visit Time to time to retrieve the data from the camera to and the proper documentation of the data is doing on regular basis. Documentation of such biodiversity which is trapped in the camera trap is necessary for conservation perspective and awareness in the present generation.

Tree Plantation

Trees are playing a very vital role to maintain ecological balance according to the habitat. Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra with the help of local community started Native tree plantation at Choravane village, Khed taluka, Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra, India. Native plants are identified such as Sathvin (Alstonia scholaris), Tamhan(Lagerstroemia speciosa), Kashid(Peltophorum pterocarpum), Pimpal(Ficus religiosa) etc is planting with the help of local people and student.

Visit Honeybee farm

Honeybees are one of the important insects in the world because they produce one-third part of the world’s foods and fruits through pollination. Conservation prospective Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra is in the process to provide native honeybees in the villages which are nearby forest area. As a source of livelihood as well as it will help villagers to increase their agriculture productivity by 35-40% during agriculture period later this honeybee will help in the restoration of the nearby forest through pollination in a natural way. Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra had visited Dhanu at honeybee farm to better understand about honeybees that in future villagers get a source of livelihood and conservation will happen in a natural way.

Tree Plantation with Children
Tree Plantation with Children
HoneyBee Farm Visit and Handling Observation
HoneyBee Farm Visit and Handling Observation
 

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Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra

Location: Chiplun, Maharashtra - India
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Chiplun, Maharashtra India
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