Rawla Bathera - Heritage Homestay Shikar Odi - Hunting Hideout Taal Angori - Riverside Residence Community & Conservation Adventure & Recreation

Rawla Bathera

Shikar Odi

Taal Angori

Conservation & Community

Adventure & Recreation

     

Objectives, Achievements and Targets

RESERVATIONS

Kemri Conservation is active around the villages of Bathera (population 4,000), Kemri (population 700), Sarvania (population 100), Patolia (population 500), focusing on Ecological Restoration and Community Outreach - two closely interlinked areas.

- Ecological Restoration

We are rebuilding an ecosystem by protecting lands to aid natural regeneration of the jungle, augmenting and managing freshwater resources, restoring bio-diversity and leading reforestation. Success in this work strengthens the entire food chain from the soil, plants and trees, through the populations of herbivores, carnivores, insects, marine and avian life.
 

 

Achievement 2009-2013

Remarks

Additional Target
over 3-5 years

Reforestation

6,000 saplings

Trees planted

27,000

Water tanks

50,000 litres

Storage capacity constructed

200,000 litres (20 tanks)

Water pipelines

2 kilometers

Length of pipe network

10 km

Freshwater reservoir

 

New reservoir construction

500 meters long x 10 meter wide

Experimental Plantation

80 trees

Testing success in local soil

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Fencing

200 meters
300 number

Stone fence constructed
Wire mesh guards placed

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500 number

Land consolidation

10 acres

Purchased outright

Bring 500 acres under community protection

Avian surveys

200 species

Recorded in 10 km radius

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Mammalian survey

15 species

Recorded in the Reserve area

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Carbon trading sequestration

 

 

Accreditation to be obtained

Community Outreach
We recognize that the ecology is closely linked to the human communities inhabiting the surrounding areas due to their interdependence. So our Outreach programmes in the neighbouring villages are designed to support education, generate employment, revive traditional crafts and create awareness about sustainable lifestyles. to make them partners and beneficiaries of our in the endeavour

 

 

Achievement 2009-2013

Remarks

Additional Target
over 3-5 years

Education

30 students

Financially supported in Schools and College

70 students

Employment generation

4,000 man days/year

Valued at INR 800,000/year

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Skills revival

2,000 man days/year

Valued at INR 600,000/year

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Awareness creation

250 man days / year

Volunteer interaction with community.

250 man days/year

Fencing

200 meters
300 number

Stone fence constructed
Wire mesh guards placed

-
500 number

Land consolidation

10 acres

Purchased outright

Bring 500 acres under community protection

Avian surveys

200 species

Recorded in 10 km radius

-

Mammalian survey

15 species

Recorded in the Reserve area

-

Carbon trading sequestration

 

 

Accreditation to be obtained

Interdependence

There is an overwhelming evidence of interdependence between the ecology and communities.

As an example - destructive activity by human communities, such as felling vegetation, over-grazing, quarrying which consume natural resources in an unsustainable manner, are known to cause direct adverse impact including top soil erosion, depleting nutrients, soil run offs and silting of reservoirs, reducing water resources, low crop yields, ultimately harming the same communities in a negative cycle. And conversely, protection of the ecology improves soil quality, water security, crop yields, employment opportunities which benefit the community in a positive cycle.

One of targets is to construct two small dams on the seasonal streams flowing through the area so that we augment freshwater resources in the project. The reservoirs so created will enable us to supply drinking water to neighbouring villages - in this manner ensuring that the benefits of conservation flow back to the human communities, so that they become supportive partners with a stake in the success of the project. However, the amount of water extracted for consumption must be balanced against the possibility that the reservoir may deplete beyond the regenerating potential. This is the sustainability imperative to be respected for the long term benefit of the ecosystem and the human community. Success would be collaboration between the two, recognizing this interdependence.

Some benefits that flow to the human communities living around the project area :

  • Employment the project creates direct and indirect employment for the community, and this will be scaled up in the reforestation drive, and for the construction of our eco-tourism venture called Shikar Odi and Taal Angori Riverside Residence where we use local construction material and revives traditional stonework skills

  • Education - for long term success of the project, we support the education of children. This initiative will help us to spread environmental awareness in the local school and the community in general

  • Water Security providing drinking water to villages with population c4,000 will alleviate the hardship associated with water scarcity

All such activities create a multiplier effect in the community and can change indifferent attitudes to enthusiastic support and partnership

     

 

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