Nature camps for students from Dec 1

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Nov 2017 14:45:32


Staff Reporter,

One group will consist of 200 students from 5 schools and 10 teachers

Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, has taken initiative and started ‘Chala Mazya Tadobala’ programmes for students in Chandrapur district. On the same lines, Forest Department is launching a similar programme ‘Nisarganubhav’ for school students from December 1 to 10 by organising nature camps to inculcate love for nature and educate them on flora and fauna.

The event is being introduced on the lines of ‘Chalo Tadoba’ launched by Mungantiwar for students in Chandrapur to expose them to various dimensions of environment. The department is now introducing this programme under the
guidance of Mungantiwar on experimental basis and expand it throughout Maharashtra in near future.

The students are considered to be best ambassadors to propagate the message of importance of forests and wildlife in society. Therefore, once the students are exposed to nature and learn different aspects then they can effectively spread the message on the need for protection and conservation. With this view, the department is now chalking out such programmes for them for increasing literacy about nature.

A decision to this effect was taken by Shree Bhagwan, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Head of Forest Force) at a meeting held in city on Tuesday. The programme is being launched in Nagpur district under the guidance of Mungantiwar and Vikas Kharage, Secretary, Forests.

It is planned to cover around 2,000 students by organising eco camps at different forest areas in the district till December 10. The students from ZP Schools and Ashramshala will get priority and then to students in private schools to participate in the nature camps. One group will consist of 200 students from 5 schools and 10 teachers.
The department has made a provision for Rs 12 lakh for transportation, break-fast, lunch, biscuits, tea, caps, T-shirts, booklets, banners, photography and other materials for the participants.

The spots selected under the project include: Pench and Bor Tiger Reserves, Umrer-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, Mogarkasa, Saleghat, Netravan, Kolitmara, Chorbauli reserve forest etc., where students/teachers will spend some time in the company of nature.

The Forest department will seek permission from Additional Tribal Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of Nagpur Zilla Parishad for taking students from ashramshalas/ZP schools to study tour. The department will take due care of the students for their security. They will be taken to trekking, bird-watching, eco-tourism works at reservoirs, jungle safari, nurseries, watching biodiversity etc.
Specialists in the field will guide the groups of students at a natural spot, followed by question-answer session to confirm their understanding level.

Similarly, the organisers will hold various competitions and give prizes to winning students on the spot.
Bhagwan has asked Maheep Gupta, Managing Director, Maharashtra Eco-Tourism Development Board, to co-ordinate the activities.