Past Programmes

Activity Report for 2000-2001

Eco-Watch initiated the ‘Urban Forestry Project’ in the year 2000 in Bangalore. The project was implemented by the centre in 200 acres of land belonging to the Army A.S.C. centre, Airport road.

It was inaugurated by the then Worshipful Mayor of Bangalore Sri Ramachandrappa.

The Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri. S.M. Krishna visited the project area and planted a Neem sapling. He also assured all support towards the project.

The Project has been supported by the Forest Department, Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, Horticulture wing, Bangalore City Corporation & other Government and Private agencies.

Eminent personalities such as Sri. Mohan Dharia (former Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission of India) also visited the project area and has commended the efforts under taken by Eco-Watch. Massive Afforestation work has been taken up at the project site wherein a variety of tree species are being planted. A number of fruit and flower bearing tree species, commercially beneficial species and so on have been planted at the site.

Community Participation:

Any major Afforestation or forestry programme needs to be supported by the community. Therefore community participation plays a major role in such projects. Some of the participants of the project are mentioned below:

Students from Christ College, St. Joseph’s college, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, NCC, NSS, Scouts & Guides and other Institutes and organisations have also participated during various stages of the project.

Organisations such as Lions Club, Rotary, etc., have also been a part of the project. Corporates such as Systelec Engineering, Hical Magnetics, Intel and others have supported the project.

Environmental Awareness and Education programme was conducted for nearly 2000 students from Scouts & Guides belonging to various Schools of Bangalore and surrounding areas. Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Karnataka Compost Development Corporation, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd, Karnataka Cleaner Production Centre & others participated in the event. Students were exposed to

Noise level monitoring by Decibel meter from KSPCB; Importance of organic manure and vermicomposting by KCDC, Alternate sources of Energy (Solar Energy) by KREDL, Cleaner production and Technologies by KCPC.