Satpuda Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization working in the field of community based wildlife conservation, celebrated the Wildlife week 2018 across seven Tiger Reserves located in the Satpura Landscape. The activities and celebrations were spread over seven days in nearly fifty buffer zone villages of these Tiger Reserves and corridors. The events were carried out with the involvement of local Forest Department officials, local administration, villagers, students and teachers. The main aim of the Wildlife week which was conceptualized in the year 1952 is to promote the conservation of wildlife and spread awareness about the same. The theme for this year’s wildlife week was “Big cats- Predators under threat”.
Satpuda’s initiatives ranged from awareness rallies and cleanliness drives to contests for school students related to wildlife and bicycle rally. People from all age groups and women were targeted for the activities and celebrations apart from children and youth. Awareness rallies, cleanliness drives, drawing and essay writing competition, classroom sessions with presentations on Big Cats were conducted in schools of Nagpur city and in schools of villages belonging to the Pench-Bor Corridor in Saoner and Kalmeshwar taluka, looked over by Satpuda’s Mandar Pingle.
In Kanha Tiger Reserve in Mandla, Madhya Pradesh, Satpuda’s Amit Awasthi conducted drawing, essay writing, face painting and rangoli competition for school students of buffer zone villages. Awareness rallies, wildlife film shows, nature trail and oath ceremony were conducted in villages and schools. A joint program on wall painting was organized in Mocha on 5th October with the local Forest Department. Janpat President Raisingh Kurvet and Assistant Director of Kanha Tiger Reserve, Sunil Sinha attended and appreciated the efforts in raising awareness, educating and sensitizing the people about wildlife.
Ashfaq Aarbi of Satpuda Foundation coordinated events in Satpura Tiger Reserve spread over Hoshangabad and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh which included oath ceremony, construction of check-dams, wildlife photo exhibition, plantation program, meeting on wildlife conservation for biodiversity management committees and quiz competition. The highlight here was the bicycle awareness rally “Chalo Denwa se Satdhara ki orr” which saw participation by over hundred students raising slogans about wildlife conservation during the rally. Range Forest Officers NP Tiwary of East Panchmarhi & BP Shrivastava of Denwa Buffer were present during the program to motivate the students from Matkuli and Jhirpa village.
In Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, Satpuda’s Sumit Kar orchestrated collage making, audio quiz and ephemeral art contest for students along with organizing nature trails, nature games, ground art, classroom lecture by Forest Department officials, rallies and campaigns for children to educate them about wildlife and nature. Drawing contest and story-telling session for women Self Help Group members was organized to raise their awareness level. Sub-divisional Officer Bharati Thakre, Range Forest Officer Kalbelia and Deputy Ranger RK Verma acknowledged the wildlife week celebrations and extended their support towards conducting the activities.
Rangoli and drawing competition, rallies, cleanliness drives and nature games were carried out in buffer zone villages of Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra by Satpuda’s Dilip Lanjewar. Meetings on Human Wildlife Conflict mitigation were organized wherein Government Resolution was read out and explained to the villagers. Vaccination drives for cattle in villages bordering forests were carried out so that the possibility of diseases spreading to the wildlife was minimized. A small check-dam was constructed through ‘shramdaan’ for water conservation. One day nature camps and jungle safari for school students and employment workshops for youth were organized by the local Forest Department, conceptualized by Assistant Conservator of Forest Geeta Nannaware, Range Forest Officers Pandurang Pakhale, Praveen Sathawane and Sachin Jadhav and others in which Satpuda’s staff participated as mobilizers and resource persons.
In Nawegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve, Satpuda’s Mukund Dhurve supervised face painting, rangoli and drawing competition for school students. He helped organize a jungle safari for senior citizens and conducted awareness rallies and anti-plastic campaigns in buffer zone villages. A human chain was created by children, village eco-development committee members and Forest Department officials to mark the beginning of the wildlife week here. Divisional Forest Officer, Uttam Sawant, was present during the opening ceremony of the wildlife week. M Mehar, a Forest Guard opined that Satpuda Foundation is the best and most dedicated wildlife conservation organization he has seen and worked with in Maharashtra.
Ajay Poddar of Satpuda Foundation arranged a Kabbadi tournament for children, a skit on human wildlife conflict resolution, a bicycle awareness rally wherein children sported masks of wild animals, drawing competition for women, construction of a small check-dam through ‘shramdaan’ along with regular activities like drawing and essay writing competition, awareness rallies and anti-plastic campaigns to raise awareness about wildlife in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Satpuda Foundation works with the local communities to enlist them as partner’s in conservation and such initiatives play a crucial role in bringing about a behavioral change in the perception of the local communities towards wildlife conservation.
Vijay Pinjarkar | TNN | Updated: Jan 20, 2018, 08:28 IST
NAGPUR: The appeal by London-based Survival International to tourists across the world to stop visiting tiger reserves in India has led to spontaneous protests across wildlife sanctuaries and parks in Maharashtra.
Protests continued on the second day by guides and tourists at Pench, Tadoba, Melghat, Navegaon-Nagzira and other parks. The guides have also launched a signature campaign against remarks by Survival International director Stephen Corry. Survival International describes itself as a human rights organization.
Corry wrote an email to the global community that "India's government is illegally evicting tribal people from their forest homes. They are being forced out because the forests that they have cared for since time immemorial have been turned into tiger reserves".
He further said that "hundreds of thousands of tourists in jeeps are permitted to enter the reserves. This disturbs the tigers, gets them used to human presence (which helps poachers), and creates litter and pollution". Corry further says, "They evicted us on the pretext that we disturbed the forest. But now there are lots of jeeps and tourism vehicles — isn't that a disturbance for the animals? India's tribal people are the best guardians of their forest homes."
Satpuda Foundation, a leading NGO working for tribal development and tiger conservation in Central India, shared this shocking email with the tribals from relocated villages and guides who survive on tiger reserves. "We have not given consultancy to Survival International to speak on our behalf," said Bandu Uike, president of EDC at Ghatpendhari in Pench. It is totally unethical to make an appeal to foreign tourists in the name of Indian tribals, he stated. Kishor Rithe, president, Satpuda Foundation, said SI's campaign is against India and its economic development. "Our tribals are protecting the forests and reaping benefits through wildlife tourism. Tadoba earns more than Rs5 crore revenue from tourism every year and most of the money is shared among local communities," said Rithe.
The Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT), a global initiative to save tigers and their forests across the Indian subcontinent, involving travel operators, parks, communities, and visitors, dubbed Cory's remarks illogical. TOFT member Aditya Dhanwatey said, "It is a disregard to India, which has always protected tribal rights. Maharashtra has set the best example in relocation, and tribals are themselves coming forward to get out of the parks. TOFT will issue a statement condemning the appeal."
Young naturalist Himanshu Bagde said, "Maharashtra has set the best example of coexistence. Many tribals are voluntarily going in for relocation as they know there is no future for their kids by living deep inside the forests. Many rehabilitated tribals are working as guides and get indirect employment due to wildlife tourism". The protest against the London NGO continued on Friday at Sillari, Tadoba, and Melghat. A signature drive was started demanding action against the NGO by the Indian government. Guides said there are no forced eviction of tribals in Pench.
The Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve was closed for tourism on Thursday, yet guides gathered at Mangezari to stage protests. On Friday, the guides held separate meetings under conservationist Mukund Dhurve at Pitezari and Chorkhamara gates to condemn SI. "We get employment from wildlife tourism. This livelihood has come after long effort of conservation. What is the problem with Survival International?" asked guide Manoj Lakhe from Bor. "We condemn the SI campaign and appeal to foreign tourists that our tribals are happy and their livelihood comes from tourism and conservation, and not from bush meat like Africa," said wildlife photographer Sarosh Lodhi. Assistant director of Satpuda Foundation Abhijit Dutta said SI's stand will be explained in all parks in the region. "The opinions of tribals will be communicated to the global community," he added.
Jan 18, 2018
Usually I get a phone call once in a week from Mr.P.M. Lad.Usually his calls are regarding saving the forest land in Sailana, how MoEF or MP state Government issued some letterwhich is going against the interest of Lesser Florican or how the capture of Forest owlet by researchers would go against the conservation of Forest Owlet.I was busy in last two months and could not speak to him.My last discussion with him was in November 2017 regarding leopard safari in SGNP.Later I regularly received likes and comments to my posts on facebook.
But this morning I got the shocking news that this "parindoka massiha" has left me alone actually left the entire bird life alone. For me, he was no less than Dr.Salim Ali.He was awarded Vasundhara Sanman in 2013 at Amravati. He was always available for expert advise and detailed comment. His guidance was helpful to Dr.Asad Rahmani, Late Dr.Ravi Sankaran and so many birders.
After retirement, he bought the tele- lens and an ambulance to carry that lens.He always preferred to drive it on his own.On several occasions, I had accompanied him in many expeditions including Pujari Kanker,Indrawati,Pamed in Bastar, Sailana and Sardarpur sactuaries in Madhya Pradesh,Navegaon National Park,Pench in Maharashtra and in Melghat for forest owlet.He use to inject insulin every evening while in the jungle as he was a diabetic. Still till 2016 he travelled a lot right from Tamilnadu in the south to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and north east, just in search of birds and their habitat. He was a legend.He worked on wild buffalo in Bastar,travelled as a Chief Wildlife Warden in the joint Madhya Paardesh(which includes todays Chattisgarh).He reared a tiger cub at home when there were no facilities in Madhya Pradesh and later established a Van Vihar zoo at Bhopal for such rescued wild animals. Dr.Salim Ali use to call him and request to fix up his travel programme in Madhya Pradesh. He also worked closely with Dr.M.K.Ranjitsinghji for creating NPs and sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh.
I had requested him to write a book which he left at a laugh.This facebook page now would never get a like and comment from him.Without him, I feel so lonely now.I pray homage to departed soul.Will try to live with his wonderful memories which he gifted me.
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