Bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, Gujarat and the Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli to the northwest, Madhya Pradesh to the northeast, Chhattisgarh to the east, Karnataka to the south, Andhra Pradesh to the southeast, and Goa to the southwest.

The State of Maharashtra, except around Mumbai and along the eastern limits, presents a monotonously uniform, flat-topped skyline.

The state enjoys a tropical monsoon climate; with heavy seasonal rains (over 400 cm).

Flora and Fauna:
The diverse land of Maharashtra with arid to semi arid terrain, tropical rain forests and mountain ranges is quite rich in flora and fauna. Maharashtra has six national parks and 35 wildlife/bird sanctuaries. The forests are mainly evergreen deciduous type.

Floral species include: Teak, Mango, Terminalia tomentosa, T. arjuna, Caparis spinosa, Zizypus, Carissa carandas, Ficus species, Karvi, Acacia species, etc. The animals found are Tiger, Leopard, Gaur, Spotted deer, Sambar, Muntjak, Mouse deer, Black buck, Chinkara, Nilgai, Wild boars, Sloth bears, Giant squirrel, Pangolins, Otters, Dolphins. Reptiles like Crocodiles, Olive ridley turtles and birds like Great Indian Bustards, Flamingoes, and Forest Owlet also inhabit this state.

WWF- India in Maharashtra

Our initiatives in the state include the conservation of Tigers in the Satpuda Maikal Landscape, the Thirsty crops initiative in and around Aurangabad (link) and the Sustainable Livelihood initiative in several protected areas across Maharashtra(link). WWF- India, Maharashtra in association with other like minded NGOs is also working closely with the Forest department in order to build their capacities.

The MSO (Maharashtra State Office) has been actively involved in imparting environment education to students across several schools and colleges through the NCI framework (link).
Various workshops like teacher training, volunteer training, vermicomposting are conducted at regular intervals to involve them directly in conservation activities. Nature trails and camps to forests and protected areas are conducted from time to time to orient the students about their natural world more closely.

The MSO has been promoting the concept of ‘Young Climate Savers’ in 20 schools across Mumbai and Pune for the last three years and has actively lend support for campaigns like forest cleanup, beach cleanup, Earth Hour, etc.

The State office takes pride in having created two green spaces from garbage dumps in the midst of Mumbai city namely the Maharashtra Nature Park (earlier Mahim Nature Park) and the Sagar Upvan gardens (earlier BPT Gardens).

Research projects like the Study of lakes in Mumbai (March 2008), the Study of biodiversity of IIT-Bombay campus (October 2009) and the Study of impact of SEZ on bird migration in Uran (March 2010) have also been undertaken in the past with many more in the pipeline.
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