Past Programmes

Activity Report for 1998-99

Study tours to the Western Ghats (North Canara Dist.) region was conducted for the students of St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Bangalore during April 98. A field trip was organised by the centre to the ecologically rich and fragile areas in the ghats, which is one of the Global Bio-diversity Hotspots.

An adventure cum environmental camp (May 98) was conducted by Eco-Watch for the youth and students of rural communities living in the surrounding villages of the centre. Students were exposed to adventure activities such as camping, wildlife studies and the like.

On the occasion of ‘World Environment Day’, 5th June 1998, an awareness programme cum film / slide show was conducted for school students, in association with WWF & PEAS organisations. Events such as eco-quiz, painting contests, essay writing, elocution, tree planting, street cleaning and so on were held. Certificates were distributed to the participants who took part in different contests.

Workshop and training programme on Water Resource Management was carried out for the general public in July. The workshop concentrated on traditional, simple and efficient techniques of conserving water such as Rainwater Harvesting, Groundwater Recharge, Lake Restoration and other conservation techniques.

The centre carried out a project on the socio-economic status of local communities in North Canara district in the month of August & September. The project focused on issues like depletion of natural resources and its adverse impact on the surrounding communities who depend on these resources for their daily subsistence. The project was successful in enlightening these communities about using the resources in a sustainable way.

A four-day study cum adventure camp was conducted in Coorg district in the month of October, for the students of St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science College as study programme on the river ecology. The students were exposed to some adventure activities such as river crossing, rafting and so on.

A play called “Only a green memory”, written by Mr. Suresh Heblikar was staged at Ravindra Kalakshetra by Eco-Watch, which attracted large audience. The play focused on the need for each individual to be eco-conscious and do their bit in protecting the environment. The play was staged during the month of December 98.

Academic tour was carried out in different places in the Western Ghat region. More than 50 students from different colleges of Bangalore participated in the programme. The tour consisted of trekking and camping in the forests, interacting with local communities and field surveys. A feedback from the participants revealed that the economic conditions of the communities was critical, since large scale deforestation for setting up industries and other units was taking place in the sensitive areas.

An International Conference on “Man and Nature” was held in collaboration with OISCA International, Japan, at Indian Institute of Agricultural Technologists, Bangalore. The theme being man and environment, it highlighted the immediate steps to be taken by the Govts. throughout the world in implementing policies on climate change. The conference was attended by a number of delegates from around the world, which included a series of paper presentations, exhibitions, demonstrations and talks by the participants. A cultural programme followed the conference.

A training programme was conducted for the members and volunteers of Eco-Watch, in the month of March 99 on eco development, rainwater harvesting and water management.