Past Programmes

Activity Report for 2007 - 2008

Save Water Campaign (Jan - Apr ‘07):

Eco-Watch, in association with a large number of partner organization carried out a massive campaign in Bangalore and other regional centres on water conservation titled ‘Save Water’. The campaign reached more than 700 schools from in & around Bangalore and nearly 150 colleges. The campaign implementing partners were: Bharath Scouts & Guides, NSS, Rotary, Lions and other NGOs. The campaign was supported by the Government (KUIDFC, KUWS&DB, BMTC, KSPCB, BWSSB, BBMP, etc.) corporate (Epson, Brigade Group, TI, etc.) and the like.

The campaign was carried out over a period of nearly four months, where the resource and information material such as posters, info-charts, water-booklet, etc., were distributed to schools, colleges, institutions, offices, etc., to convey the message of water conservation, rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge and the like.

A film was also made by the organization which was screened at various venues over the campaign duration. VCDs and DVDs of the film were also widely distributed for large scale viewing by various sections of the community.

Events were organized for students and children from various backgrounds that included painting, quiz, debates, group discussions, etc., at different locations around the city to reach out to a larger audience.

Earth Day (April 22nd 07) - (Part of Save Water Campaign):

Then Honourable Governor Sri. T.N. Chaturvedi inaugurating the Earth Day Programme along with Sri. Suresh Heblikar, Chairman, Eco-Watch and Prof. U.R. Rao, (former Chairman – ISRO)
Sri.T.N.Chaturvedi, Hon’ble Governor, Prof. U.R.Rao, Sri.Suresh Heblikar & other guests visiting the photo-exhibits and Rainwater Harvesting model
Sri.T.N.Chaturvedi, Hon’ble Governor, Prof. U.R.Rao, Sri.Suresh Heblikar & other guests visiting the photo-exhibits and Rainwater Harvesting model

The Save Water campaign concluded on April 22nd at Bal Bhavan and as a part of this programme an exhibition on water conservation and related issues was arranged at the venue. Various NGOs, schools, experts and other concerned groups and individuals attended the programme. The then Honourable Governor, Sri. T.N. Chaturvedi inaugurated the programme and delivered the presidential address and emphasized the need to create awareness among all sections of the society.

Prof. U.R. Rao, (former Chairman – ISRO) was the Guest of Honour, who focused on recent technological advancement and how today’s technology can be effectively utilized in resource conservation. He highlighted that developmental projects are required, bearing in mind the environmental consequences and their impacts.

Talks and presentations were also arranged for students and the general public as part of the event at Bal Bhavan.

Environment Day (June 5th 2007):

This year Eco-Watch conducted a series of activities and events as part of the World Environment Day

Global Warming & Climate Change (June – September ’07):

Exhibition of environment-friendly products (HP):

Products such as banana fiber mats, covers, curtains and home accessories and other products made by disabled communities were exhibited, displayed and sold at the HP premises on Hosur Road as part of the World Environment Day celebrations. Organisations such as Gramya, Association for the Mentally Challenged and Concerned for Working Children participated in the exhibition.

Awareness Workshop:

A day-long exhibition on environmental restoration activities and projects by Eco-Watch was organized at the HP campus. In addition relevant activities such as films on environment were screened followed by discussions, interactions, quiz, etc., in the ITPL premises for staff and members of HP and other companies in the campus. Many employees and members from other companies also participated in the events at the venue.

Tree Planting (SBI premises):

As part of the World Environment Day celebrations Eco-Watch in association with the State Bank of India carried out a tree planting in the SBI premises on St. Mark’s Road wherein the employees, staff and officers of the Bank participated in the field based activity. The idea was to involve as many people as possible in eco-restoration activities in urban centers and promote community participation among the urbanites.

Eco-Exhibition (Deutsche Bank premises):

A unique exhibition on sustainable practices by corporate establishment in environmental conservation was held at the Deutsche Bank premises in Electronics City. The exhibition emphasized the concept of adopting sustainable development models amongst urban dwellers and to reduce natural resource consumption through initiating eco-friendly approaches within corporate houses and their households. The message of sustainable development and optimum resource utilization was the hallmark of this exhibition.

Urban Forestry Programme (Rotary Bangalore Dist.):

Urban Forestry has been one of the key eco-restoration activities of the centre and this year Rotary Bangalore Dist. participated in the programme. Members from varied backgrounds and a cross section of the society were involved at the project site on Hoskote Road. More than 1000 saplings have been planted in this site.

Urban Forestry Programme – (Deutsche Bank):

Eco-Watch in partnership with Deutsche Bank also took up another urban forestry programme on Hoskote Road where more than 500 saplings belonging to native species were planted by employees and members of the Bank along with their family members. The activity was carried out not just to involve the members of the Bank, but also their families who participated in the day-long activity at the project site. Students from the nearby government schools were also involved in this programme to create awareness among them about protecting our environment and restoring our degraded ecosystems through active participation in field based programmes.

The students & employees involved in tree planting at the site. They were also engaged in literary activities such as painting, debates, discussions and the like. Films on air pollution, native tribes and eco-restoration were also screened for the participants followed by interactions and discussion with the children.

The integration of corporates, school students, local community, NGO, etc., was motivating and inspiring and brought in a sense of responsibility and belongingness.

Motorola Global Service Day (October 10th’07):

Motorola has been one of the partners of Eco-Watch over the last two years and have been actively involved in the greening programmes in and around Bangalore. Every year as a part of the Global Service Day

Seminar on Technology, Development & Environment with a focus on Small Town Development, VTU campus, Belgaum (October 29th & 30th 2007):

Eco-Watch in association with Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum and the Government of Karnataka conducted a state level seminar on Technology, Development & Environment with a focus on Small Town Development on October 29th & 30th. The seminar was attended by students, general community, NGOs, industrial sector, public-private enterprises, science and technology divisions, corporates, environmentalists, developers, all government agencies/departments.

The seminar was inaugurated by Sri. Sudhakar Rao, IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary & Devpt. Commissioner, Govt. of Karnataka. Smt. Amita Prasad, IAS, Regional Commissioner, Belgaum Division, & Sri. Shivalingamurthy, IAS, Deputy Commissioner of Belgaum were the other dignitaries present at the seminar.

After the inaugural programme, resource personnel from Eco-Watch and Belgaum made presentations followed by discussions and interactions with the participants. The sessions on the second day concluded in the evening and the valedictory address was delivered by the Deputy Commissioner.

Eco-Watch prepared an Action Plan, based on the deliberations and a discussion held over the two days of the seminar and has presented it to the Government of Karnataka for implementation.

Ecotourism Centre at Gokarna (Project Based Learning) December’07:

Another regional activity taken up by Eco-Watch has been the promotion of rural and sustainable tourism in coastal Karnataka with a focus on Gokarna and adjoining regions such as Kumta, Ankola, etc. The focus here is to train and equip the community to enable them in sustaining their livelihoods by showcasing their skills in mainstream market that already exists. Hands-on experience is also provided through projects using successful models involving resource personnel and experts.

Tropical Gene Bank VTU, Belgaum, (January –March):

The VTU Gene Bank project moved into the second phase in Jan 2008. The Nursery was further developed with additional seedlings and planting material collected from various regions of the Western Ghats.