Goal of FORREST’s ecological assessment is to assess and understand the structure and functions of an ecosystem to develop conservation action plan, for better conservation management.
For an Ecological Assessment (EA) ecological indicators would be-
- Floral diversity
- Faunal diversity( birds, mammals, butterflies, other insects, reptiles, amphibians etc)
- Interaction between different life forms
- Study of soil, water ,temperature, humidity etc
- Habitat quality
- Disturbances and conflicts
Biodiversity assessment (BDA) pertains to the documentation of flora and fauna of the area. Inventories are with respect to specie’s habit, habitat and characteristics.
BDA is important for conservation planning.
Biodiversity Assessment (BA) can be exhaustive or in-exhaustive.
In-exhaustive biodiversity assessment can be called as Rapid Biodiversity Assessment (RBA).
RBA is provided when data is required for planning and management in a given short time frame.
Detailed of exhaustive BA is season wise assessment of the area, observing, identifying and documenting species and ecological processes .
Systematic conservation planning approach is effective for conserving biological diversity.
Ecological planning involves following measures –
- Preparation of Conservation Plan– is based on the study of biotic & abiotic factors of the area such as climate, vegetation, biodiversity, micro-habitats etc. The plan prepares strong base for biodiversity conservation from the beginning as it is based on principles from ecology and conservation biology.
- Artificial Water Hole-water is a major factor which affects biodiversity. Water hole makes surface water available for wildlife, throughout the year. This is made by maximum usage of locally available material & designs which harmonizes with the natural environment.
- Butterfly Garden Planning-If you love butterflies, you can host them by creating a butterfly garden in your backyard or on terrace space. We will help you plan butterfly garden with nectar plants ,that attract butterflies and larval host plants on which they lay eggs.
Ecological Conservation & Planning
The Miyawaki method of afforestation involves planting native trees, to reclaim degraded land to forest. Unlike plantation where distance between plants is five feet or more, Miyawaki technique advocates densely mixed trees that match natural forest systems. Plantation does not support biodiversity as forests do. In Miyawaki as the tree species are selected from natural forests, the original ecosystem, quickly get restored.
Miyawaki Forrest pertains to five-layer plantation of-
- Canopy-Tall Tree Layer
- Medium sized trees
- Small trees and Shrubs
- Vertical layer- Climbers and vines
This technique ensures faster and denser growth of plants.
We work for generating consciousness & responsibility of the waste generation and management in the individuals of the target group. We work with every participant of the group one to one, for bringing attitudinal change towards waste management.
Environmental awareness, exposure to current scenario of waste, sensitization of target groups towards problems of waste disposal & capacity building for the solutions.
Each project is journey of making the individuals as part of waste management solution rather than “part of problem” by empowering them.
Main objective is to bring the perspective of “Our waste, Our Responsibility”, in the people.
Our commitment towards water conservation steers us to work on Rain Water harvesting in rural and urban areas.It focuses on water sustainability throughout the year by making rainwater recharging structures.
Rainwater harvesting structures have the objectives of –
- Groundwater recharge
- Reducing soil erosion
- Surface Storage
For construction of the structures, natural materials are used which harmonize with the natural environment. While making structures, ecology of the site is not disturbed.
Environmental data can be represented in various interactive ways to inform, educate & motivate.
Biodiversity data is used to create-
- Biodiversity collages
- Biodiversity book
- Coffee table booklet
- Interactive maps
with each having their unique nature and capacity to reach to the audience, effectively.
Environmental awareness implies not only being knowledgeable about the environment, but also being acquainted with sets of values, attitudes and skills for addressing environment related problems.
We conduct such sessions on field-forest or grasslands. Sessions on field give a real perspective to the learners. Experts accompany students on the visits.
We also use performing arts as a medium to generate environmental awareness. Through skits, poetries and story sessions we expose them to different environmental problems & their different dimensions.
We aspire to work with farming community on the principles of natural farming. It involves working with the natural biodiversity and valuing the importance and intertwining of all living organisms in the farm area. This approach that takes advantage of ecology. Natural farming leads to biodiversity and nature conservation along with ensuring healthy natural food.