Past Programmes

Activity Report for 2005 - 2006

WORKSHOP ON TOURISM, CULTURE & ENVIRONMENT IN GOKARNA, UTTARA KANNADA DISTRICT (May 18th 2005):

One of the key components of Eco-Watch is to promote tourism to preserve the culture and biodiversity of Uttara Kannada coast. Since the organization has been working in this region for many years, this workshop was conceived as an initiation towards promoting tourism to showcase the ecological and cultural significance of this important region which lies in the Western Ghats, one of the mega Global Biodiversity Hotspots. Wide cross sections of people were invited to participate in the workshop and also voice their views on the issue. Presentations and photography exhibition on coastal biodiversity, cultural heritage, marine ecosystems, etc., were a part of the workshop.

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, BANGALORE (June 5th 2005):

Every year Eco-Watch observes World Environment Day to create awareness about the key environmental issues concerning our existence on this planet. In this regard the centre organized a tree-planting programme at the Police Housing Corporation site where an Eco-Park is being established in the campus. Nearly 200 people participated in this programme and planted nearly 500 saplings to mark the event. Students, general public, police personnel and other important personalities took part in the event and planted the saplings. A field visit was carried out around the proposed Eco-Park and to the nearby lake that was under threat.

WESTERN GHATS BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION PROGRAMME, KARKALA, DAKSHINA KANNADA DISTRICT (Karkala, August 7th 2005):

Eco-Watch has been concentrating on the Western Ghats region for the last many years and has been addressing various issues. The Dakshina Kannada district that is famous for the wide range of species, especially the diversity in fruit crops, a workshop was organized with a focus on the student community of the region. This was to communicate the message of richness in diversity of the region and its significance at global level. All the presentations at the workshop were made by students who have been studying about the local ecology and the diverse range of ecosystems in the region that needs to be conserved. A few presentations were made by experts and research scientists from Bangalore and Karkala who have been associated with various national and international institutes and academic institutes. The college where the workshop was held is a centre for similar studies and has taken up the task of addressing all students on the importance of Western Ghats biodiversity and the need to protect it.

WORKSHOP ON CONSERVATION OF TROPICAL FRUIT TREE SPECIES (Sept. 5th 2005):

The Western Ghats are not only one of the richest global biodiversity hotspot, but a store house for several natural resources upon which the local communities are dependent on. The fruit trees in this tropical region is one such treasure that has been supporting the lives of several communities in the ghats. But off late these tropical fruit trees have lost importance due to concentration of urban services and migration of rural youth in search of a so-called better lifestyle.

CARE FOR AIR (Campaign addressing air pollution problems in Bangalore & other parts of the state) Nov ’05 to Jan ’06:

One of the key issues and concerns of Bangalore and other developing cities in Karnataka is the rising problem of Air Pollution. To address this critical issue Eco-Watch carried out a three month campaign conducting various programmes and activities in Bangalore and different parts of the state.

The activities included technical workshops, screening of film on air pollution, its ill effects on humans and environment, need to cut down pollution drastically, promotion of eco-friendly vehicles and other measures that need to be taken at individual levels. The programmes were conducted in Bangalore, Hubli, Dharwad, Belgaum, Mysore, etc.

Resource and publicity material such as charts, posters, air pollution manuals and booklets were produced by the centre and distributed to various schools, colleges, NGOs, institutes, government & private offices, industries, corporates, etc., to spread the message and bring about awareness.

HALKAR VILLAGE FOREST PROGRAMME, KUMTA (Nov-28th 2005):

Halkar is a tiny village bordering Kumta town in Uttara Kannada district. This village has protected the forest area in and around the village over the last 80 years. The village forest panchayath is the first of its kind in the sub-continent and has set an example for the world community regarding conservation of forest and efficient utilization of its resources, managed and monitored by the community itself. Eco-Watch is associated with this panchayath in maintaining the forest, like earlier, by the community and to provide other facilities for the community members to continue protecting the forest for future as well. IN this regard the Chairman of Eco-Watch was invited for a public meeting and to seek further assistance from the centre.

ECO-WATCH - INEP PROJECT (Completed) (2002-2006):

The Eco-Watch - INEP that was initiated in 2002 was completed in 2006. All project documentation and required formalities were completed according to the agreement. A final project completion report, video documentary film and other project material and documents were submitted. The project was carried out in Bangalore, Tumkur and Kolar and successfully completed. The detailed report and other docum