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Pachmarhi Utsav 2015

SF's Lantana Furniture stall fetched a crowed at Pachamarhi Utsav 2015.
The furniture prepared out of lantana camara which is a weed in the forest, was first time introduced at such a large scale in the Pachamarhi Utsav 2015(22nd-24th Nov). The furniture got overwhelming response.

SF has provided training to around 79 tribals who started earning their livelihood now from lantana products. Collector Hoshangabad Mr.Sanket Bhondwe visited the stall along with many other officers and politicians.They appreciated the work.

Three cheers to SF's Conservation Officer Mr.Ashfaq Aarbi and Community officer Mr.Hamid Khan for their tireless efforts of last 9 months.(Sharing few pictures of our staff)

Vasundhara International Film Festival at Amravati made thousands "wild"

Amravati (4 October 2013):

A very popular Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival was organised at Amravati by a 23 year old NGO Nature Conservation Society, Amravati (NCSA) and a nationally known Satpuda Foundation (SF). The event took place during 1 st to 3 October 2013 at a famous Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal (HVPM) premises and also at SGB Amravati University campus.

The students and audience enjoying one of the informative wildlife film screened during the film festival.

This year the Film Festival has screened around 40 National & international thrilling and informative new wildlife films. Apart from wildlife films, the nature lovers also got an opportunity to meet and hear the presentation on "Marine Biology" by a well known marine scientist Mr. Deepak Apte from Mumbai, renounced ornithologists Mr.P.M.Lad who worked with late Dr. Salim Ali spoke on Indian Birds. Geologist tuned water conservationist Mr.Suresh Khanapurkar also delivered a thought provoking talk on water conservation which was appreciated by gathering.

a)Marine scientist Deepak Apte exposed nature lovers to "Marine biology". b)Mr.P.M.Lad spoke on Birds of India

Dr.Deepak Apte also delivered a talk to University students in the morning. Dr. Apte, a author of two excellent books on marine biology, spoke on marine species conservation and made an appeal to students to pay attention to these attractive species along with the terrestrial species like tigers. Mr.P.M.Lad spoke on important sightings of Birds and their conservation. He expressed worry about apathy shown by the government towards conservation of the species like lesser florican.
Apart from the informative lectures on special topics, the students also enjoyed a photo exhibition displaying wildlife photographs of amateur wildlife photographers with great conservation significance.

a)Guests observing wildlife photographs at the exhibition b)Young organising team with wildlife conservationist Kishor Rithe and Field Director of Melghat Tiger Reserve Mr.Dinesh Tyagi (IFS).

The workshop on Wildlife Photography by Professional wildlife photographer Yuvraj Patil received huge response consecutively for the second year. Around 200 participants were present for the workshop.
Geologist tuned water conservationist Mr.Suresh Khanapurkar delivered a thought provoking talk which was well received by the print media. The talk has highlighted many shortcomings in the Government water conservation policy and explained the "Shirpur Water Conservation pattern". The talk was appreciated by the gathering. Rahul Kalmegh, staff of Nature Conservation Society Amravati who mobilised support from the tribal community in Melghat and constructed 10 water conservation structures was felicitated at the hands of Mr.Khanapurkar.

a)Yuvraj Patil conducting wildlife Photography workshop. b)Mr.Suresh Khanapurkar sitting on the dias

School students shared their knowledge through elocution competition on environmental issues. Similarly the Green Conference was organised for University students by HVPM College of Engineering as a part of this festival. The conference received a huge response of students from 16 different institutions and university departments Participated in the event and around 150 research papers were presented by students. The Prizes worth Rs. Sixty thousand were distributed to best papers in each theme. Prof. S.V. Rode coordinated this event under the able guidance of Dr. A.B.Marathe, Principal, HVPM College of Engineering.

School Kid participated in elocution competition.

As the event took place during "World Wildlife Week" (from 1st to 7th October), several field programmes like ‘Green cycle rally’, Nature walk and bird watching in Pohara reserve forest and nature quiz were also arranged for school kids. Nature Lovers of Amravati city got good feast in October month.


Nature Conservation Society, Amaravati and Satpuda Foundation had appointed a jury to select the awardees to be felicited with "Vasundhara Sanman" for lifetime service in the field of wildlife conservation, "Vasundhara Rakshav" (protector) to forest staff who served in the field for wildlife protection and "Vasundhara Mitra" to conservationists for their significant work in the field of wildlife conservation. Mr.P.M.Lad retired Chief Wildlife Warden of Madhya Pradesh state has received the prestigious "Vasundhara Sanman" for lifetime service in the field of wildlife conservation

a)Mr.P.M.Lad receiving prestigious "Vasundhara Sanman" for his lifetime service in the field of wildlife conservation at the hands of Field Director of Melghat Tiger Reserve Mr.Dinesh Tyagi. Mrs.Lad was also felicitated on this occasion.

a)Forester Mr.C.S. Hiwarale was felicitated at the hands of Mr.P.M.Lad and b) Forest Guard Sunil Wakode at the hands of Mr.Dinesh Tyagi for the best tiger protection work in Melghat.

Rajashree Khalap (Mumbai), Rajendra Nannaware (Jalgaon) and Anant Marathe (Amravati) felicitated by Vasundhara Mitra Award

Rajashree Khalap who was an advertising copywriter for five years, in leading agencies Lintas and JWT now turned wildlife conservationist. In 1993,Rajashree gave up her lucrative career and took up full time voluntary animal welfare work, focusing on rabies control in street dogs. She was a project manager with a Mumbai-based animal welfare organization until 2007.

Being an avid bird enthusiast and wildlife lover and worried about loss of wild habitat, she started volunteering with Satpuda Foundation in early 2008. Rajashree volunteered (quietly) for Mobile Health Unit of Nature Conservation Society, Amravati (NCSA) and delivered her services to tribals in Pench, Tadoba and Pench Madhya Pradesh for last six years. She slowly established her rappo with the tribal youths (specially tribal girls and women) in Pench Tiger Reserve of Maharashtra and helped them in skill up-gradation and providing market linkages to their crafts/products made from lantana. She also assisted to set up a "village IT training centre" in Pench Tiger Reserve through again a very dedicated team.

Her stall at Indus festival in Mumbai fetched good crowed and she could helped tribal youths of Pench to provide better livelihood options by selling the craft and goods (export quality cloth bags) manufactured by tribal youths from Pench Tiger Reserve. She has been worked as a Mumbai head of Satpuda Foundation and brought many young conservationist in to the mission of saving tigers. Today Rajashree is working as one of the Trustees of Satpuda Foundation and helping to create an army of conservation practitioners and raise funds to continue them delivering for the wildlife conservation through Satpuda Foundation.

Rajendra Nannaware is fighting a lonely battle in the western part of Satpuda landscape. He has now set up a network of NGOs and individuals to protect the Yawal wildlife sanctuary from encroachments. Rajendra with the help of Satpuda Foundation has started nature education, community based conservation programmes around Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary.

Anant Marathe is working as a Principal at HVPM college. He used technology to reduce the carbon footprint to fight the climate change. He has been instrumental to put the technology in place at his institute and make the entire institute energy efficient.

All the three awardees with Tiger Conservationist Mr.Kishor Rithe, Justice of Mumbai High Court Mr. Ambadas Joshi, Convenor of Festival Dr. Ganesh Vankhede and Festival Director Mr.Virendra Chitrav.

Justice of Mumbai High Court Mr.Ambadas Joshi gave a thought provoking speech explaining how forest destruction and wildlife decline would stop the human development.

Other Government and Non Government Organizations which supported and co-hosted this event includes SGB Amravati University, Wildlife and Environment Conservation Society (WECS), CARS, Amravati Garden Club, Melghat Tiger Reserve and Amravati forest circle.

Prof.Nishikant Kale co-ordinated all the event management teams. Adwait Keole, Atul Tikhe, Neel Mohite, Kartik Wat, Dr.Jayant Wadatkar, Vishal Bansod helped to arrange the events. Convener Dr.Ganesh Vankhede, Dr.Anil Asole, President of Nature Conservation Society, Amravati, Dr.V.T.Ingole, Umakant Bhoyar, S.N.Bhave, Vrunda Bapat, Rajesh Ekghare, Prakash Laddha, Dr.Vishal Wadekar, Vishal Bansod, Kunal Potode, Executive Officer of NCSA, Amol Sawant of Satpuda Foundation, Sachin Ingole, Yogesh, Shilpa Sukhdeve, Sanjay Pundekar of NCSA, Mrs.Madhuri Chendke, Dr.Chendke of HVPM,Mr.Virendra Chitrav, Festival director of Vasundhara guided and supported young team to make a festival grand success.

Indian Science Congress Amravati Chapter, Jadhav Steel Alloys, R.M.Industries, Late Praveen Khodke Memorial Trust, Prof.Ram Meghe institute of Research and Technology, Badnera, Sipna College of Engineering and Technology, Shivaji Science Art & Commerce College, Amravati, State Bank of India, LIC of India sponsored the event.

Vasundhara International Film Festival at Amravati made thousands "wild"

Amravati (4 October 2013):

A very popular Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival was organised at Amravati by a 23 year old NGO Nature Conservation Society, Amravati (NCSA) and a nationally known Satpuda Foundation (SF). The event took place during 1 st to 3 October 2013 at a famous Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal (HVPM) premises and also at SGB Amravati University campus.

The students and audience enjoying one of the informative wildlife film screened during the film festival.

Dhain village shifted from Bori Sanctuary

Bori Sanctuary is situated in the Satpura Tiger Reserve (STR), at Pachmarhi in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. Dhain is one of the 17 forest villages of Bori sanctuary, which have shown willingness to resettle outside, as they did not have enough agriculture land inside the sanctuary for the increased population. Dhain village is resettled in the summer of 2005 at the new place and villagers are busy weaving their new life at new place. However the success story has now spread in other 16 villages....more

Bridging the Gaps: Resettlement of Villages from TATR 

Jayesh Paranjape & Indrapratap Thakare.

The Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve(TATR) comprises of the Tadoba National Park and Andhari Sanctuary. Tadoba is the oldest national park in the state, declared in 1955 (As per MP National Park Act 1955) and spread over 116.55 sq. km. The surrounding forest area of 508.85 sq. km, on account of its wildlife potential, was declared as the Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary in 1986. The combined area was declared a Project Tiger Reserve in 1995. The entire TATR area of 625.40 is divided into three ranges; Tadoba, Kolasa and Moharli, for wildlife management purpose.

There are six villages in the Andhari sanctuary, namely Botezari, Kolasa, Palasgaon, Rantalodi, Jamani and
Navegaon. Apart from these there are 59 other villages situated on the periphery of the sanctuary with a population of 41,644 humans and an equal number of cattle.

The Government of Maharashtra has decided to rehabilitate the villages Kolasa, Botezari and Palasgaon in the first phase, as per the Maharashtra Project Affected Peoples Resettlement Act 1999. Among these three villages, the people of Kolsa and Botezari are ready to move and are waiting for the go ahead from the Govt. But the people from Palasgaon are a bit reluctant to the relocation process.

This report is an outcome of the social survey conducted by Satpuda Foundation, funded by Wildlife Conservation Trust. The objective of the survey was to find out the "site specific demands" of the villages going to be shifted from TATR and compare those in context of the "resettlement package", declared by Govt of Maharashtra, finding out gaps, if any, so that villagers really can achieve the "development", they have dreamt. This report has highlighted the additional facilities, villagers have demanded, which can be made available to these villages, apart from the given facilities in the declared Government Package. However the report also emphasize on the need to consider "these additional amenities as supplementary to the declared Government package" and should be provided once Government spend their allotted funds and resources on the declared package. (For detail report please contact Satpuda Foundation at

Survey of Wild Buffalo in Gadchiroli district.

The forest area near the tri-state boundaries of Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh is home to the last habitat of the Central Indian wild buffalo. Less than a hundred individuals of this species survive today, in remote and inaccessible areas. The status of this magnificent wild animal and its habitat needs to be regularly monitored in order for appropriate conservation measures to be instituted. A team from the Satpuda Foundation visited the region and helped the Maharashtra forest department formulate a proposal to create the first Wild Buffalo sanctuary in the state... more

Survey of Human River Project near TATR

This major irrigation project to be built across the Human River in the Wainganga/ Godavari basin near Village Sirkada in Sindewahi Tahsil in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state. The Human is a tributary of the Andhari River which ultimately joins the Wainganga. The proposed project with Rs. 42347.20 lakhs investment, will submerge 6,173 ha. of forest area, most crucially, a narrow corridor connecting the TATR with the forests of the Bramhapuri Forest division. ..more

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