Day 1: 10th November 2016
4th edition of the Kanha-Pench Walk flagged off
The much awaited Kanha- Pench Walk 2016, a joint collaboration of WWF-India and the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, was flagged off today by Mr. Subharanjan Sen, Field Director, Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh and Dr. Dipankar Ghose, Director - Species & Landscapes Programme, WWF-India, at Rukhad – a periphery village of the Pench Tiger Reserve.
A group of 28 enthused youngsters from different corners of India includingDelhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, set out on the walkalong with forest officials and members of the WWF-India team. . On the first day, the team trekked from Rukhad to Navegaon covering a distance of 10km. Navegaon is also the source point for the river Weinganga, a lifeline for wildlife around this belt.
Along the way, experts and WWF team guided the participants through the wildlife trails.
The walk, in its 4th
edition now,aims to build awareness on the importance of conserving the Kanha-Pench corridor which connects two major tiger source populations in Central India. This corridor forms one of the most crucial tiger conservation units of the world.
The walk, aiming to cover a total distance of 10 km over 7 days will help participants gain insights on the importance of this corridor, the harmonious co-existence of communities alongside the wild and the co-dependence of forests and communities living in settlements in and around the area.
The participants, starting off at 8:30 am reached Navegaon at around 2:30 pm and were welcomed by the local communities in the area. TheGonds and Baigas are the predominant tribal communities living along this corridor. These community members have been living in these forest since time immemorial and is a great example of how communities co-exist with nature.
The team was thereafter brought to Dundalkheda to spend the night.
The next day,participants will begin early from Dundalkheda and trek for about 11 km towards Hirritola.