Samarpam Sanstha | Jalgaon

Samarpan Sanstha | Jalgaon

We are a team of social activists working in the field of Environment in Khandesh region of Maharashtra since 2005. We are running a School of Environment for school going children. This is informal kind of school, and we are conducting field based projects and giving field based environmental education to the children. We are also conducting workshops, seminars, training programmes and organizing environment-based events for creating awareness regarding environmental issues. We are also developing ‘Resource and Information Support Centre’ in Jalgaon, This centre will support and help Teachers, Lecturers, Students, Activists, Social Worker, Officials etc.
We also organize Environmental Film Festival every year, which is an innovative way to sensitize people to environmental issues. The School of Environment runs by ‘SAMARPAN’, is registered under Societies Registration Act 1860, reg. No.MAH/7103/JAL & Mumbai Public Charitable Trust Act-1950, Reg. No. F- 6266, Jalgaon.

National Green School Alliance

This the network initiated by School of Environment this year, it is the network of Schools having common agenda for environment learning through environment projects & programmes. The projects like Zero Waste, Waste Water Management, Students Nursary, Plastic Waste Management, and Field Visits in Forest, Nature, and Water Bodies etc. The schools also celebrate the various days dedicated to the environment declared by United Nations like World Environment Day (June-5), World Water Day (March-22), World Forest Day (March-22) World Earth Day (April-22), World Ozone Day (September-16) etc.

Satpuda Study Center

The Satpuda ranges are not only known for being tallest mountain ranges but also very rich in bio-diversity. It has excellent topology; ideal for wildlife since time immemorial. It nestles rare species of flora & fauna. The range rises in eastern Gujarat state near the Arabian Sea coast, running east through Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh to Chhattisgarh. The Satpuda Range was formerly heavily forested; most of the forests have been destroyed, but some significant stands of forest remain. These forest enclaves provide habitat for some of India's remaining large mammals, including tiger (Pantheratigris), gaur (Bosgaurus), dhole (Cuonalpinus), sloth bear (Melursusursinus), chousingha (Tetracerusquadricornis), and blackbuck (Antilopecervicapra) etc. Unfortunately data & information of bio-diversity & wildlife in Satpuda is not collected and preserved properly. Some efforts were made on individual level and some data may be available with forest department and NGOs. This is a need of the hour to make systematic and collective efforts for saving the bio-diversity ofSatpuda. Research based on scientific & academic works as well as public awareness campaign are also required in Satpuda. This cannot happen without the participation of local community, activists, voluntary organizations, academic institutions, forest officials, policy makers, media etc. On this background ParyavarnShala (School of Environment), has taken initiative for setting up ‘Satpuda Study Center’ (SSC) in the Khandesh region of Satpuda with the extension centers in villages in the Satpuda. The initial activities like data collection, documentations, Training & Workshops etc. has been stared now.

Vasundhara International Film Festival

The Vasundhara Festival has been riding high on success including the overwhelming response from last 5 years with more than 10,000 delegates attending every year the festival in the Jalgaon. This unique festival is the initiative of Kirloskar Group and organized by School of Environment; Vasundhara is not just festival or celebration! It is a movement, an attempt to change minds, attitudes and if possible, policies too! It strives to make people more concerned about mother Vasundhara and need to preserve our priceless natural heritage. This is an innovative attempt to explore natural and analyze topical issues related to environment, wildlife, energy, air and water. It presents a common platform towards providing effective and meaningful communication material for preserving our great natural heritage for coming generationVasundhara International is the only four days festival of India that includes International films as well as allied activities.

Save Satpuda Campaign

The worst fears of environmentalists and conservationists about the gross misuse of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 - also known as Forest Rights Act (FRA) - have come true. The Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary , Yawal forest division, and entire Satpuda mountain ranges, which is an important habitat of the critically endangered Forest Owlet Heteroglauxblewitti in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra(India) has become the first victim of large-scale forest encroachment in the state. The Forest Right Act was enacted in 2008 through Ministry of Tribal Affairs to correct the ‘historic injustice done to forest-dwelling communities’. These communities were cultivating forest land and using produces since age but had no tenurial security. The objects of the act are really great but situation in Satpuda has become burning due to FRA. Massive encroachment & massive illegal claims are found in not only Jalgaon district but also in entire Satpuda. Unfortunately, this is happening very systematically, and in a well-organised way. Before submitting the claim encroachers are girdling the standing trees, burning the stumps and extending their agricultural land. On this background the Satpuda Bachav Campaign initiated by School of Environment by foundation of Satpuda BachavKritiSamiti,which is net-work of voluntary organizations, Activists, Experts, Researchers, Bird watchers etc. Satpuda BachavKritiSamiti is playing very vital role in the region against the misuse of Forest Right Act.

Tiger Conservation & Awareness

Vadoda ranges in Jalgaon forest Division can play very vital role for the development of tiger corridor up to Yawal and Aner Wildlife Sanctuary as well as Gautala (Aurangabad) &Dnyanganga (Buldgana) Wildlife Sanctuaries. Yawal Sanctuary is western-most part of the Satpuda mountain range and lies on the border with Madhya Pradesh. Its importance to tiger conservation lies in the fact that it is linked with the Aner Sanctuary ( Dhule) to the west, and the Ambabarawa Sanctuary (connected with Vadoda range) on the east through a vibrant forest corridor. Further east lies the Van and Narnala Sanctuaries and then the Melghat Tiger Reserve, which is in turn connected to the forest of the Satpuda Tiger Reserve (MP), and from there to the Pench Tiger Reserve in both Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. This connectivity is most significant for the tiger habitat.
The Vadoda ranges can also be connected with Dnyangana Wildlife Sanctuary (Buldgana) and Gutaola Wildlife sanctuary (Aurangabad-Jalagaon) through Muktainagar - Bodavad forest ranges – Jamner forest ranges of Jalgaon district, which is border area of Buldhana and Aurangabad district; Gautala can connect through Ajanata Caves forest area; which is very rich wildlife habitat area. This is also need of the hour to conduct baseline wildlife survey of these proposed both the corridors. The school of Environment initiated the proposals of Tiger Corridors and connectivity of the surrounding forests & wildlife sanctuaries as well as continuously has been organizing awareness programmes, workshops on Wild Animals Conflict, Tiger Conference etc. and also taking follow up of the activities on Government and community levels; which resulted that the Government of Maharashtra declared MuktaiBhavani Tiger Conservation Reserve at Vadoda forest range of the Jalgaon District on May-3,2014.

The Bio-Diversity Project

This is campaign for the implementation of Bio-diversity Act-2002 on the ground. The School of Environment is working with Gram Panchyats for setting up Bio-diversity Committees on Gram Panchyat levels & Municipal Corporation levels; also organizing training & workshops of Sarpanch and other concern. It also initiates the proposals for getting Bio-diversity heritage Sites in Khandesh region of Maharashtra.

Eco-Friendly Ganesh Festival

This is campaign for the implementation of Bio-diversity Act-2002 on the ground. The School of Environment is working with Gram Panchyats for setting up Bio-diversity Committees on Gram Panchyat levels & Municipal Corporation levels; also organizing training & workshops of Sarpanch and other concern. It also initiates the proposals for getting Bio-diversity heritage Sites in Khandesh region of Maharashtra.

Environmental Information And Resource Center

This is campaign for the implementation of Bio-diversity Act-2002 on the ground. The School of Environment is working with Gram Panchyats for setting up Bio-diversity Committees on Gram Panchyat levels & Municipal Corporation levels; also organizing training & workshops of Sarpanch and other concern. It also initiates the proposals for getting Bio-diversity heritage Sites in Khandesh region of Maharashtra.

Community dialogue in Satpuda

This is campaign for the implementation of Bio-diversity Act-2002 on the ground. The School of Environment is working with Gram Panchyats for setting up Bio-diversity Committees on Gram Panchyat levels & Municipal Corporation levels; also organizing training & workshops of Sarpanch and other concern. It also initiates the proposals for getting Bio-diversity heritage Sites in Khandesh region of Maharashtra.

Promotional Activities

Srushti Awards

Individual, Organization,& Journalist on June-5, the World Environment Day

Green Teacher Awards

5 September on the occasion on National Teachers’ Day.

Eco-Friendly Ganesh Festival Awards; Ganesh Mandals& individuals.

VasundharaSanman& VasundharaMitra Awards on the occasion of Vasundhara Festival Awards.

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