KLSO News Updates 2015
The Asian Waterfowl Census 2015 covering the three southern districts of the State i.e. Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta was conducted by WWF-India jointly with Social Forestry Division of Kerala Forests & Wildlife Department. The AWC at Thiruvananthapuram was conducted on 10th January at six sites with the participation of 72 birders and volunteers. The exercise resulted in count of 1880 birds belongs to 50 species. Similar exercise was conducted at Pathanamthitta on 17th Jan and the census counted 3053 birds belonging to 52 species. The Kollam district AWC counted 8000 birds belonging to 55 species. The Asian Waterfowl Census was led by expert birdwatchers attached to WWF namely A.K. Sivakumar, C. Harikumar, Biju P.B., NehaWaikar, Jaichand Johnson, Kiran R.C. and Anoop S.S.
February 2015 - Paaristithikam 2015
The State Environment Awareness Programme, Paaristhithikam 2015 supported by Dept.of Environment & Climate Change, GoK was conducted by WWF-India, Kerala State Office in Thiruvananthapuram at two institutions with both awareness and action components. The awareness programmes were held at L’ecoleChempaka, Edavakode and Loyola School, Sreekaryam, Thiruvananthapuram on 12th and 20th February 2015 respectively with classes on the theme of ‘Sustainability through Energy Conservation and Co-operation’ that included two technical sessions led by Mr. Renjan Mathew Varghese, WWF-India and Mr. Suresh, EMC and competitions like poster designing, elocution and an interactive learning quiz mastered by Mr. A.K. Sivakumar. The action component was the distribution of 10 Solar Lanterns to selected five deserving institutions in the City mainly homes for the disabled, old age homes and orphanages.
March 2015 - Teachers Training Workshops (TTW) on ESD
Three Teachers Training Workshops were conducted in the month of March at NSS Training College at Pandalam, BMM II College of Teacher Education at Kottarakkara and YMCA Hall at Thiruvananthapuram. The former two were for teacher trainees in which around 150 students participated and the later was exclusively for 25 Higher Secondary School teachers in association with Zoology Association, Thiruvananthapuram. All the three were on Education for Sustainable Development with technical sessions and highly interactive activity sessions.
April 2015 – Free CFL distribution for Earth Day 2015
Kerala State Office observed the Earth Day 2015 by distributing a set of two CFLs to 130 families of PambukalaHarijan Colony near Poovar at Thiruvananthapuram. The programme was in association with AMAS Neyyatinkara and was inaugurated by Smt.L.SanthiPrameela, Asst. Educational Officer, Neyyatinkara and a poet in the presence of Sri. AnilV.Salam, Member, Block Panchayat and Sri. Renjan Mathew Varghese, State Director.
May 2015 - World Migratory Bird Day 2015
The World Migratory Bird Day 2015 on 9th and 10th May 2015 was organised jointly by WWF-India and the Dept. of Zoology, NSS College, Pandalam and supported by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board. It was inaugurated by Dr.D.Gopimohan, Principal of the College. The other dignitaries in the inaugural function included Dr.V.Radhakrishnan, Head, Department of Zoology, Dr.M.G.Sanalkumar and P. Vinod of the Department, Mr.A.K.Sivakumar, Senior Education Officer, WWF-India and Dr.K.N.P. Kurup representing the State Biodiversity Board. A set of 6 posters on ‘Wetlands and Migratory Birds’ was released in the function. The sessions on ‘Bird Migration & Migratory Birds’ and ‘Bird Watching’ were led by Mr. A.K.Sivakumar and Mr.C.Harikumar of WWF-India. An interactive quiz programme and screening of the documentary on ‘Birds of Kerala’ also was held post lunch on the first day. On the second day the participants were taken to Karingalichal wetland for birding and they observed 40 species including 1 migratory.
June 2015 - World Ocean Day 2015
The World Ocean Day was observed with Beach Clean-up at Shanghumugham with an awareness programme. The cleanup drive was a collective effort by around 40 volunteers from WWF-India, All Saints College, Dept. of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries and Friends of Marine life. Though it was raining heavily they collected around 10 big bags of litter in a segregated manner. The bags were weighed for data collection and transferred to the Corporation Officials for proper disposal. The awareness programme in connection with the day was held at St.Roch’s High School. Around 125 school students along with the volunteers attended the programme.
July 2015 - Heronry Survey
Kerala State Office is doing the Heronry Count in three southern districts of Kerala under the Green Partnership Programme with Kerala Forests & Wildlife Department. This year in Thiruvananthapuram district (25 heronries), Kollam district (1) and Pathanamthitta (7) were surveyed. The survey was led by Senior Education Officer, Sri.Jaichand Johnson and Sri. HariMavelikara.
August 2015 -Vetiver planting drive for the waterbodies in and around Thiruvananthapuram City
WWF, AMAS Neyyattinkara, Social Forestry Department of Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department and the NSS Cadets have come together to plant vetivers along the fringes of urban waterbodies in the City to promote water and soil conservation. The launch of the programme was carried out by Smt. Sugathakumari Teacher, noted environmentalist and poetess on August 13 at a function in Pangode presided over by Sri. Unniyal IFS, PCCF (Social Forestry).
September 2015 - Media Workshop on addressing ‘Human – Animal Conflicts’
KLSO conducted a two days media workshop on ‘Addressing Human - Animal Conflicts’ for media persons of Palakkad and Thrissur districts at Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary on 29th and 30th September 2015. 35 media persons participated in the workshop. The sessions were led by Dr.E.A. Jayson, Kerala Forests Research Institute, Dr.B.A. Daniel, Zoo Outreach Organisation and Sri. Krishna of Inometrics Technology System Pvt. Ltd., Sri. Renjan Mathew Varghese and Sri.Tiju Thomas, WWF-India. The participants also had morning and evening field trips through the forests of Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary. The film Forgotten Tigers also was screened during the evening session.
October 2015 – Project under National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC)
Pettah – Pallimukku Bus Stop goes clean and green under the initiative taken by WWF-India as part of the National Environment Awareness Campaign of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and locally co-ordinated by Centre for Environment and Development. The event was carried out in the most efficient and effective manner because of the unique partnership that was facilitated by WWF-India with the NCC Cadets and Nature Club Members of St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School, PettahJanamaithri Police Station and the PallimukkuJanamaithri Auto Drivers Koottayma. Totally around 70 participants were there in the event including 50 school students, WWF Staff and volunteers, Policemen and Auto Drivers. The event started off at 8am with the cleanup and planting drive inaugurated by Assistant Commissioner of Police Sri. JawaharJanardh in the presence of Sri. Renjan Mathew Varghese, State Director, WWF-India, Sri. Ajithkumar, Sri. Tajudeheen, Sri. Jayakumar, Sub Inspectors of Police, Sri. Shaji Alexander, Co-ordinator, NCC Unit, St. Joseph’s School and Sri. Suresh Kumar, Co-ordinator, Janamaithri Auto Drivers Koottayma. The whole area was cleared of litter and levelled properly. The back wall was cleared of all cinema posters, cleaned well and white washed. Pits were dug on the ground along the entire length of the Police Station Compound Wall and bamboo saplings planted. Long pots were purchased and flowering and ornamental plants put up. The Bus Stop Shed area was levelled and tiles paved. The loose concrete blocks lying around were cleaned and erected in an orderly manner as seating platforms. The general public and many patients going to Medical College and RCC will very much benefit from this initiative. SBT Pettah has agreed to give the necessary sponsorship to put 5 chairs in the bus stand. As part of the same initiative, WWF has erected awareness hoardings in 10 selected schools in the City with slogans against littering, burning of leaf litter and plastic waste, promotion of soil and water conservation and protection of wetlands and water bodies.
November 2015 - Wildlife Camp at Kabini
A Nature Education Camp was organized for wildlife enthusiasts at Kabini from 26th to 29th November. The main objective of the camp was to get some good Tiger and Leopard sightings and capture them on camera. The camp was led by the Senior Education Officer and Mr. MurukanPareparambil, Volunteer of WWF-India with 8 participants.
December 2015 - Nature Education Camp at Periyar TR for M.Sc Students from TERI University
Eight M.Sc Environment Management Students from TERI University accompanied by their Professor Dr. Sudipto Chatterjee along with the State Director and Mr. Murukan, Volunteer visited Periyar TR as part of the 4 days Nature Education Camp from 9-12 December arranged by WWF-India on their request. The campers arrived at Kottayam Railway Station by 9th afternoon. A Tempo Traveller was arranged to take them to Kumily. Accommodation was arranged at Bamboo Groves under the Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department. On the evening of the first day, the opening session was led by Sri. Joseph Karoor, Deputy Director (Retd.), Wildlife Education, Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department and long term good friend and supporter of WWF-India. The next day morning, a trekking was arranged accompanied by a EDC guide cum field expert. The rich biodiversity, including flora and fauna was explained to the students. The campers experienced severe attack by leeches but the leech proof sock provided adequate protection against the attack. Post lunch, the team visited the adjacent tribal village Manakudi and interacted with the local people and EDC members. Sri. Ramesh Babu, Ecologist working with Periyar Foundation led the evening session. The next day morning, a vehicle safari was arranged to Gavi. In the afternoon, the campers were divided into 4 groups of two each and they carried out a socio-economic survey among the various stakeholders of Periyar and Kumily. The evening session was led by Sri. Mani Sudarsanan, Range Officer, Eco Development. After the technical session, the students got the opportunity to interact with Mr. John, Additional Field Director, PTR. The campers also took active participation in a role play game on the theme of ‘Human Animal Conflicts’. On the last day, boating was arranged in the morning. After the boating, the campers completed their evaluation and feedback of the 4 days programme and then travelled back to the base, i.e. Kottayam Railway Station.