Past Programmes

Annual Report for 2015 - 2016

Green School Project (GSP):

As part of the GSP Eco-Watch carried out the afforestation drive within the campus of the government school on Sarjapur Road and in the surrounding village spaces to enrich the rural vegetation dynamics in the peri-urban areas. Volunteers from LG participated along with the students from the government school.


Eco-Park:

Eco-Watch in association with the BBMP established an Ecological Park with indigenous tree varieties in Bangalore in Tavarekere. The activity was supported by ClearTrip.com and the volunteers were involved in establishing this park.


UNI Abex Afforestation

As part of its Eco- Restoration drive across Karnataka state, Eco- Watch undertook a series of eco-awareness drives to popularize the concepts of ecological restoration with corporates & industries across sectors. One such activity was carried out in North Karnataka region to encourage the communities to undertake ecological restoration activities in several minor ways.


Short Eco-Film

One of the major objectives of the organisation is to create awareness among all sections of society through innovative and creative ways. A short film in Kannada for the school children was produced by Eco-Watch and spread to various districts of Karnataka. This film is still being screened to students across the state by volunteers and other members who are keenly associated with the organisation.


Global Communication Award:

Eco-Watch partnered with the Global Communication Associattion (GCA) in 2015 to host a conference which emphasised on the importance of communication in today’s world. Eco- Watch was also awarded the Best Organisation under the NGO Category at the Conference.


Eco-Restoration

One of the core activities of Eco-Watch has been the ecological restoration of rapidly deteriorating urban habitats such as lung spaces, woodlots, water-bodies, wetalnds and the like. In this background a fast disappearing urban habitat, a degenerating lung pocket, was identified for immediate restoration. HGS – a Bangalore based corporate was keen to associate and support this activity in Bangalore. Thus an important urban habitat was ecologically restored and being maintained.

Indium Lake Forest Development Project

Eco-Watch has been closely working on setting up an ecologically integrated & sustainable township project on the outskirts of Bangalore. The focus is to restore existing ecosystems, establish ecohotspots, undertake biodiversity studies and implement eco-scaping across the entire township. Nearly 15 theme-based Eco-Parks are being designed and set up under this project.

Solid Waste Disposal & Management

Bangalore’s most critical issue today has been the rampant increase in garbage and its disposal and proper management by authorities. Therefore, to create awareness among the general community and to sensitize them about the ways and means of disposing various types of waste Eco-Watch organised eco-awareness campaigns and clean-up drives across the city. Many corporates felt the need to support such initiatives and thus joined in the programmes that were carried out in various locations.

Sanjeevini Vana

a Medicinal Plants Garden was established by the BBMP in Jayanagar 3rd Block, Bangalore to promote & protect the rare, endangered and threatened species of Medicinal Plants from the Western Ghats region of Karnataka. The plants were sources from Eco-Watch Nursery Uttara Kannada district in addition to those from the Forest Dept., and other nurseries across the district. The design and plan of setting up this garden were also was suggested and discussed by Eco-Watch in association with the BBMP.

Eco-Tours:

Eco-Tours are one of the most interesting outdoor exposure programmes for organizations working in the cities and who appreciate rural and rustic experiences. These programmes engage the urban communities in various interactive activities such as eco-adventure, cultural events, agro-based and ecologically sensitive talks and workshops. The objective is to sensitize the urban communities towards appreciating our tradition, history, culture and environment. The Eco-Tours were conducted in Dandeli (Western Ghats region) and surrounding areas and another such tour was carried out in & around the Nagarhole Reserve Forest.

Solid Waste Management:

Intel has consistently paved the way to various other organizations and corporate in terms of addressing waste segregation and disposal over the years. In addition the employees still undertake the awareness drives & campaigns on waste disposal & management across the city. Hundreds of volunteers have been engaged in such awareness drives in different locations of the city over the last few years.

Demystifying technology Sessions:

One of the most interesting programmes of Intel has been the sensitization and awareness workshops for rural government school students about technology and its significance in improving and betterment of human societies across the world. New technological applications and gadgets that are useful to humans in various ways have been exposed to these students and children. Several sessions in Dharwad, Uttara Kannada districts have been conducted over the last few years emphasizing the need for building a future ready community that will be able to understand the world in a better way.

Madiwala Lake Restoration:

Another significant programme with Intel has been the lake restoration through various integrated activities. One such project was the Madiwala Lake Restoration in Bangalore South. As part of this project massive clean-up drives were organized involving Intel volunteers & the surrounding communities; survey through questionnaires on SWM across households; biodiversity studies to understand lake ecosystem and its importance in sustaining the ecology & environment; tagging & labeling of local flora in & around the lake in association with resource persons and subject experts from Eco-Watch.

Eco-Awareness:

A unique environmental awareness programme was carried out by Intel volunteers in partnership with students from SKID (children with hearing disability). The activities involved clean up drives, paper reuse and recycling, presentations & theater based events. Intel volunteers were involved in conducting these awareness activities for these special children. It was surprising to lean how well these children are motivated towards addressing environmental issues. In addition to these activities the students and Intel volunteers also carried out a Silent March in & around the Old Airport Road.

Eco-Development of Lal Bagh:

Another important programmes of Intel was the improvisation of public utility systems & facilities in Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, which is a Natural Heritage site of Bangalore. Apart from clean up drives & awareness campaigns across in Lal Bagh Intel volunteers were determined to spruce up the public utility facilities such as drinking water, signboards, dustbins, street lights, etc., in the Botanical Garden. Thus a green initiative was taken up to provide better facilities for the general community & visitors to this Natural Heritage site of Bangalore. Nearly 200 LED bulbs were fixed to street lamps, taps were fixed at common drinking water facility areas, dustbins were painted and repaired, signboards were painted for better visibility and other minor repair works were undertaken.