ONGOING ACTIVITIES

INTEGRATED ECO-PARK PROJECT:

An integrated project to improve Kelageri lake ecology by strengthening and enriching the catchment area is being implemented in Dharwad district. The key objective is to protect this massive lake which supports farming, agriculture, horticulture, provides drinking water and also a bio-diverse region supporting a range of flora and fauna. Community based conservation approach is being practiced under this project. The overall objective is to protect the lake by checking soil erosion, ensuring freshwater inflow into the lake and eventually by enriching the micro-climatic condition of the region.

 

Awareness & Education :

To communicate the need for such a project to the community was essential and thus awareness programmes were carried out in and around the project area. This helped in bringing together a cross-section of society to participate in the project activities. Resource persons and eminent people from Dharwad were involved in this activity. Schools, colleges and nearby communities were also involved. Literature on Dharwad’s ecology, culture and relevant issues were highlighted, published and distributed.

Field Research:

The awareness programmes helped in involving the community and gathering support for the project. Institutions and government depts.., were also involved in the process. This enabled the project team in analysing the situation and thereby preparing a specific action plan at ground level. The biodiversity studies, eco-tourism potential and conservation strategies were developed after carrying out field studies and survey. Various target groups were taken on field visits to understand and learn about the need to protect the lake and its surrounding ecology so as to strengthen water resources.

Eco-Restoration:

The project activities are being planned based on the conservation strategies developed after field surveys and studies. Catchment area strengthening is being carried out by planting indigenous species in specific locations around the lake. Community participation is given prime importance. Several species have been identified and nearly 2,500 saplings have already been planted around the lake. The species belong to the Eco-Tone belt in which Dharwad lies. Theme based parks are being designed and planting is carried out accordingly. This is mainly to kindle interest among students and children and thereby sensitize them towards environmental conservation.

Communication Package:

As part of the project and especially outreach programme, various communication material have been developed. Schools, colleges, institutions and other organisations have been involved in the project activities. The details of the project and its benefits and implications are being compiled in various formats.