Past Programmes

Activity Report for 2006 - 2007

Field study & survey on the Great Indian Bustard (April’06-June’06):

The Great Indian Bustard

Eco-Watch carried out a survey and a study on the Great Indian Bustard as part of the film making project mainly to track the bird’s habitat including nesting and egg laying. The team comprised of members from Eco-Watch, Forest Dept., local NGOs, village community, ornithologists and others.

The study was carried out in specific regions such as Ranebennur, Bellary, Raichur and surrounding places. The study was helpful in identifying some pockets where the birds were nesting and had laid few eggs as well. The filming was possible since the villagers co-operated with the study team and were informers to a great extent.

World Environment Day (June 5th ‘06):

Students participating in various activities durinf the World Environment Day programme at Bal Bhavan
Guests at the World Environment Day Programme launching posters and the film made on Great Indian Bustard.

Every year Eco-Watch organizes awareness programmes and other field based programmes, especially for students and the general community as well. This year too the centre organized a major event for more than 2,000 students from more than 100 schools from and around Bangalore.

The programme focused on the conservation of the Great Indian Bustard. The film made on this bird by Eco-Watch was released on World Environment Day. Posters and other awareness material that was prepared towards the awareness and education campaign of this Bird was also launched and released on the same day.

Students were involved in painting and drawing competition in addition to the quiz and debate programmes that were held simultaneously at the venue.

Other adventure activities were also a part of the day long event where children were exposed to a number of other field based activities and nature studies. Bird watching and butterfly studies were also conducted for the participants.

Tropical Gene Bank Project (June-Sept’06 & ongoing):

The focal issue of this project is to conserve the fast disappearing indigenous flora belonging to the Western Ghats. The project was initiated in 2005 and since then the progress has been very inspiring. The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) is the supporting partner and the project is being executed in the VTU campus.

The project area is spread over 30 acres around the VTU campus and there are 9 different blocks in which nearly 3000 saplings belonging to 165 species are planted. The blocks are divided as follows: Medicinal Plant Garden, Butterfly Park, Sacred Garden, Wildflower Garden, Nectar Garden, Natural Forest Block and the like. Each block has a set of species that corresponds to its nomenclature. Species that are classified as rare, threatened, endangered, etc., are given importance and such species are then identified and collected from the wild. However some are unavailable even in the wild and need more attention. Therefore the Tropical Gene Bank at VTU aims at conserving such important but fast disappearing species from the Western Ghats and protecting them for future propagation, research, botanical advancement and medicinal uses.

Motorola Global Service Day (Oct 10th ’06):

As a part of the urban afforestation and greening programme of Eco-Watch, every year, Motorola has contributed towards the promotion of such causes. This year too volunteers from Motorola visited the Eco-Watch project site where large-scale greening is being taken up. More than 200 saplings were planted by the volunteers. The volunteers were initially briefed about the current urban environmental situation and the need to undertake such activities on war-footing in Bangalore. Native species were planted and the importance of these species and their conservation were explained to the volunteers. The plants were watered and maintained over the next few months by Eco-Watch and volunteers of Motorola.

Eco-Restoration & Rejuvenation Programme (Nov-Dec’06):

Eco-Watch organized a series of eco-restoration and rejuvenation programmes including urban environmental improvement, water resources management, urban ecology and the like. High school students, children and youth were involved in the programmes carried out by the centre. The students had a practical hands-on experience in learning and understanding the urban environmental issues and its impact on human health and the environment we live in. Posters, charts and films were used to communicate various messages as part of the awareness creation.