FORREST instigated seasonal ecological assessment of Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in collaboration with Forest Department in Jan 2016.This one of the kind field study focuses on assessment of current floral and faunal biodiversity of the sanctuary to develop a better conservation plan keeping in view the various environmental and social dynamics of the area.
Aditi Learning Centre is a unique school in Kamshet with objective of providing education & empowering school dropout girls, from rural area. FORREST conducted an ecological assessment of ALC from January 2016 to March 2017.Seasonwise surveys were conducted to measure floral & faunal diversity & distribution of the area.
Bhamburda is one of the highest hill range in the Pune city. Bhamburda forest garden has been developed by Forest department to conserve the hill.To assess biodiversity of the Bhamburda Forest Garden seasonal assessment surveys were performed.Biodiversity of plants, mammals, birds, butterflies, other insects, reptiles, amphibians were prepared.
Shashwat is a private conservation area at Maval taluka, Pune. About 50 acres of the area is being used for Organic farming and organic dairy. Rest of the area has been reserved in its natural state as conservation area.FORREST is conducting an Ecological assessment & working on long-term conservation planning of this private conservation area.
Ecological Conservation and Planning
Bhamburda is a community garden situated in the Pune city, which was selected to prepare model development plan for conservation of urban green pockets.
Conservation of these green pockets helps in sustaining urban biodiversity, reduce heat island effect, mitigate pollution etc.
Project area was divided into zones as per the ecological features and observations. etailed zone-wise ecological data was collected. Seasonal surveys were performed to gather data for ecology and biodiversity richness. Role of community participation in the conservation was documented.
Raee is a private conservation area at Sangameshwar, Ratnagiri. Raee is nestled between forest of Western Ghats & Shastri river. FORREST is working on conservation planning of this private conservation area cum resort.
As per our Ecological studies, area supports very rich biological diversity. To make water available for wildlife during summer months we have constructed water hole artificially. Usage by wildlife & changes it brings to the area are being studied.
FORREST undertook a social forestry initiative is Kirti Garden tekri on Sus village road, Pune. The plantation drives were conducted involving volunteers.
Forest plantations have been done in Aditi Learning Centre with Miyawaki technique. 1300 forest trees of more than 50 species of Indigenous trees have been planted in forest plantation area. FORREST is researching & documenting these forest Plantations to study the growth pattern of the forest plants & the changes it brings to the ecosystem and micro-climatic conditions.
Under “Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation” scheme (AMRUT) Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation developed four gardens at Shahu-nagar, Laxmi-nagar and Punawale respectively. AMRUT is a flagship scheme of Central Government, which aims to provide cities with amenities like water supply, sanitation, open spaces and a pollution-free environment.
FORREST worked with PCMC under AMRUT scheme to create four urban forests with Miyawaki technique. For creating urban forest 7800 native trees belonging to 100 species were selected and planted densely to match our natural forest systems. Created forest patches are already attracting butterflies, bees and birds.
Aditi Learning Centre is an organization in Kamshet, Pune, Maharashtra, which works on grass root levels for providing education & empowering school dropout girls, from rural areas.
The 11-acre campus area is kept in its natural conditions with natural vegetation which supports very high biodiversity. More forestry was planned at the open available areas. Four patches were selected for forestry at ALC. Forestry was carried out through Miyawaki forestry technique.
Forestry is planned with the vision of increasing the biodiversity richness of this ecoregion. ALC property has been used as a demonstration to awaken and educate people and organizations
Total 1320 native trees belonging to 66 species were selected and planted densely to match natural forest systems. Bamboos of 7 different species were planted along the boundary.
Girivan is Bungalow aggregate situated in Hotale village, Mulshi taluka of Pune, Maharashtra. It is situated in the Sahyadri hills with moist deciduous forest.
Miyawaki Forest was planned in a private property situated in Girivan. Three patches in the area were selected for small Miyawaki forests other than plantation at the periphery for screening the property.
Six layers of plants with 236 native trees of 51 species were selected and planted densely replicating the natural forests of the area.
Through the project minimization of waste at individual’s home was initiated. It involves home composting & minimization of polythene usage.Participants are empowerment through increased awareness regarding environmental problems & their solutions.91 % of the beneficiaries have learned composting well & are composting for 10 months. We plan to extend this project at community level. This will be community driven project with the vision of clean and green villages.
Aditi Learning Centre is at Kamshet, Pune. Kamshet has high annual average rainfall but water does not sustain for the whole year in the project area. To overcome the shortage of water during summer season water & soil conservation interventions were designed & implemented.
Through the structures, rain water was converted into ground water. This ground water recharge increased the yield of well. Usually ground water is available till mid Feb in the well. Ground water availability in the well in 2018, after intervention, was throughout the summer months.
Girivan is Bungalow aggregate situated in Hotale village, Mulshi taluka of Pune, Maharashtra. Less rainfall and over extraction of ground water has resulted in severe depletion of groundwater levels in Girivan area.
While existing borewells have drying up or supplying negligible amount of water, residents are dependent majorly on tanker water.
As one of the solutions on individual level, borewell recharging was carried out. Bore well recharging is a technique to replenish ground water tables and aquifers with naturally filtered rainwater.
FORREST has prepared a Booklet on Biodiversity and Biodiversity Collages of Aditi Learning Center, based on observations of two years of Ecological assessments.
Summer Awareness Sessions were conducted for the students of Aditi Learning Centre, Kamshet in 2017.Main objective was awakening student’s Environmental consciousness. Students learned basics of Ecology, ecosystem services& through fun activities & on field sessions. Environmental awareness booklet was prepared for the students for the project.
Creative awareness sessions with the focus of-Ecology & Conservation are being conducted in various schools.