Western Ghats Eco Club Scheme
The ‘Special Eco-club Scheme for the Western Ghat region of Maharashtra’ has been initiated by the Environment Dept, Govt of Maharashtra. It aims to enhance understanding about natural and cultural heritage, to inculcate conservation values, and to promote positive actions by school children in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. The Scheme reaches schools in the 63 talukas from the 12 districts of Maharashtra that have whole or part of their area within the Sahyadris.
The school activities under the Scheme include exploration of biodiversity and cultural heritage, energy conservation, solid waste management, and sharing of experiences and outreach activities through eco-club festivals. Some glimpses of the same are shared below.
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Students from Kolheshwar Madhyamik Vidyalaya,
Tandudwadi-Mangalapur, Satara are maintaining a
composting unit to procure organic manure for use
in nursery at school.
On a field visit, the students of Little Flower
English Medium school Morewadi, Kolhapur,
stop to observe the nesting behavior and
role of termites in nature.
Students from Vaman Govind Patwardhan High
school, Pochari, Ratnagiri testing drinking water
quality by H2S strip test. The findings mostly
showed fecal contamination which was shared
with the villagers and a plan developed to
avoid the same.
Monsoon season brings about many seasonal flowers
with it. The eco-club members from Jilha Parishad
Shala, Kalamvihira, Jawahar, visited area nearschool to identify and document these monsoon herbs
and wild vegetables.
As an alternate to plastic, students of Jijamata
girls High School Satana, Nashik, promote articles
prepared from paper pulp that is made from paper
waste generated in school.
Students of Agasti Junior College, Akole have “hands on”
session on grafting. The schools plans to propogate
and conserve local varieties of Mango, Jackfruit, Jamun,
Ber, Sapota and Tamarind by this method.
Photograph Courtesy: Rajashri Injamuri, Suhas Waingankar, Shruti Kulkarni, Praveen Thete, Mohamad Hanif, Baswant Dhumane