My Jungle - Participatory Forest Conservation

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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
Workshop at Guhaghar
Workshop at Guhaghar

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 workshop at Guhaghar:                           

Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra arranged a workshop in Guhaghar taluka to spread awareness about nature conservation. Given detail information about plants and animals and their relation between us. Given information about ecosystem services for their livelihood resources.

Awareness workshop at Dapoli:

 Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra arranged a workshop at Dapoli in 2nd may 2018. In this workshop given the information about Pangolin and associated species. Discuss the topic human impact on jungle in the recent era. Also given detail information why the importance of conservation of Indian Pangolin.

Lecture held in 05th may 2018 at Mulund, Mumbai:

The lecture arranged to give information and spread awareness about nature conservation. Given the Information about earning through minor forest produce, eco-tourism by protecting the forest and thereby help protect nature.

Jungle survey- Using trap cameras:

The trap cameras deployed in the field to find biodiversity of that region and provide the information and give the better knowledge in young mind’s also to create awareness in young once.

 

  

                             

Workshop at Dapoli
Workshop at Dapoli
Lecture held in Mumbai
Lecture held in Mumbai
Trap Camera
Trap Camera

In the reporting period following activities were conducted,

Saguna Rice Technology: Saguna Rice Technology (SRT) is developed by Mr. Shekhar Bhadsavale, an experienced and enterprising farmer in Raigad district of Konkan region of Maharashtra state. A unique aspect of SRT is an efficient use of farm inputs including seeds, fertilizers and water. It provides an efficient way of cultivation.

SNM had set up demonstration cum pilot experiment plots in five villages in Ratnagiri district. We had set up the pilot experiment in order to assess the potential of this technique to provide an alternative to the burning of the biomass being done as a traditional cultural practice during the preparation of the seed plot of rice cultivation. The biomass is collected by lopping the wild trees. The rationale of this practice is to add ash to the site of the seed plot as well as to make it free from the pests. The other objective of the pilot experiment was to assess SRT as an alternative to traditional rice cultivation practice, in terms of yield and resource use efficiency.

SNM has collected data on major agronomic aspects of the crop starting from preparation of the SRT plots to harvesting. We are analyzing the information. Our primary observation as far as yield is concerned is that SRT plots have yielded three times the yield of conventional plots. 

Documentation of wildlife: In the reporting period SNM had set up camera traps in three blocks namely, Chiplun, Khed and Guhagar in Ratnagiri district. Total 985 attempts with help of 6 cameras have been done. The wildlife activity documented in these attempts is being used as educational and awareness generation material. SNM has prepared a set of flex boards for awareness generation on rich wildlife in this area. These boards are displayed in the villages on certain occasions like village festivals, sports meets etc. 

Saguna Rice Technique
Saguna Rice Technique
Exhibition for awareness
Exhibition for awareness
Discussion on livelihoods strengthening 1
Discussion on livelihoods strengthening 1

Sahyadri has conducted following activities during the reporting period. We are grateful to the donors and the GlobalGiving team for the support. 

Strengthening local livelihoods: Meeting and discussion on the community livelihoods were conducted in four villages namely Nandivase, Owali, Manjutri and Tiware.  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. 

Use of camera traps to document the wildlife: Sahyadri has started documentation of wildlife through 6 trap cameras. 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. 

Saguna Rice Technology: The demonstrations will give results by end of November 2017. We will share the results – yield and the impact in the community – in the next update. Regular visits are done by SNM.

Discussion with council members of vil.Owali
Discussion with council members of vil.Owali
Setting up camera trap1
Setting up camera trap1
Camera trap installation
Camera trap installation
Demonstration of Saguna Rice Technology 1
Demonstration of Saguna Rice Technology 1

My Jungle is not only an in situ conservation programme but also a programme in which local communities staying around biodiversity rich Western Ghats are encouraged and supported to contribute in the conservation by all possible means and ways. Our efforts in this context, during June and July 2017 are mentioned below. 

 

Saguna Rice Technology (SRT) as an alternative to check Green House Gas (GHG) emission due to traditional paddy cultivation

Sahyadri is campaigning with the farmers practicing traditional paddy cultivation to adopt alternative paddy cultivation techniques with low GHG emission. SRT is one of such promising alternatives. Sahyadri had conducted intensive awareness generation on SRT in April, May and June 2017. As a follow up of these awareness generation programmes, Sahyadri has set up SRT demonstrations with help of 26 enterprising farmers. These pilot experiments are being systematically monitored. At the end of the cultivation season i.e. in November 2017, these demonstrations will shed light on the efficacy of the SRT over traditional paddy cultivation technique, in particular check on lopping of trees and burning of the dried lopped leafy matter contributing significantly in the emission of GHGs
 
Plantation of native trees
Sahyadri distributed 250 saplings on 4th July 2017 to the community members of Gudhe village. One sapling each was given to 250 families in the village. Two types of saplings were on offer - Jackfruit or Teak. These two are highly valued for their economic importance by the local community. One sapling -one family approach was specifically adopted after consultation with the community leaders. It would ensure maximum survival of the planted saplings and thus, success of the initiative. We are hopeful that majority of the community members will look after the saplings, save them from harm and let them grow into mature trees. Most of the saplings have been planted, either in the back or front yard of the house or on the field bunds. 
Awareness generation on adoption of SRT as an efficient and nature friendly paddy cultivation technique 
Sahyadri has been conducting field level awareness generation programmes on SRT. We have conducted these programmes under the guidance of Dr. Chandrashekhar Bhadsavale - the inventor of SRT. Local office of the State Agriculture Department has partnered with us in conducting these programmes. 
Sahyadri will continue conducting plantation programmes and SRT awareness generation programmes. They are important for in situ conservation of local biodiversity - the focus of the My Jungle Project.
Demonstration of Saguna Rice Technology 2
Demonstration of Saguna Rice Technology 2
Land preparation for SRT rice cultivation
Land preparation for SRT rice cultivation
Community discussion on plantation of native trees
Community discussion on plantation of native trees
Plantation of native trees
Plantation of native trees
Community awareness generation meeting
Community awareness generation meeting
Village level orientation on SRT
Village level orientation on SRT
 

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Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra

Location: Chiplun, Maharashtra - India
Website: http:/​/​snmcpn.org/​
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Project Leader:
Ramashish Joshi
Chiplun, Maharashtra India
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