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ENVIRONMENT CARE AND CONSERVATION "DHARTI KO AARPAN PROGRAM”

Nature has always been very vibrant, giving and resilient to a very large extent. Environment conservation has various connotation attached to it like maintenance of the environment, maintenance of the habitat, preservation of the environment, protection of the environment. Also, change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere over comparable time periods is an important area to be looked at when dealing with environment care and conservation.

At TCSRD, “Dharti Ko Aarpan” (Giving back to Mother Earth) program aims at restoration and conservation of the ecosystems by developing and implementing programs that target an integrated management approach. It also aims at protection of some of the endangered species. The objective of the program is to integrate all ongoing and planned efforts into one program so that awareness, conservation efforts and greening link up together to provide multiple benefits for the area as a whole, involving various stakeholders. Our current effort focuses largely on coastal ecosystems.

Purpose
“Dharti Ko Aarpan”(Giving back to Mother Earth) programme was launched in 2008.

This program under the umbrella of Environment Sustainability aims at restoration and conservation of the coastal ecosystems as also for the protection of some of the endangered species and to develop and implement an integrated coastal management approach for the area as a whole, involving various stakeholders. The objective of the program is to integrate all ongoing and planned efforts into one program so that awareness, conservation efforts and greening link up together to provide multiple benefits.

Given below is the summary of the projects under the “Dharti Ko Aarpan” program:

Outcome
  • Conservation and regular update on the status of the flora and fauna along the Gujarat Coast has been a big achievement.
  • Eco clubs have enhanced awareness on environment conservation amongst the community locally, nationally and internationally Overall 24 schools of Okhamandal region have become members and have formed eco clubs in their respective schools. Around 2400 students from class V to VIII from the member schools participated in the training program and exhibition organized by the eco clubs.
  • The environment conservation projects has led to the increase in the goodwill and image of the company as an environment conscious company within the community, with GOs and NGOs , both nationally and internationally
  • A mangrove nursery has been established at the Arambda saltworks near Mithapur and 1.6 lac mangrove (Avicennia marina) seedlings raised here. The transplantation work of these mangrove seedlings is in progress and more than 75,000 seedlings have been transplanted on tidal mudflats at the Rukshmani creek area, near Dwarka.
  • A total of 85 acres of plantation of indigenous flora has been developed over the last 7 years which includes a 30 acres exclusive plantation of the endangered Guggal (Commiphora wightii) species,
  • With the expansion in the plantation area, over the years, and the increase in the diversity of the indigenous flora, there has also been a simultaneous enrichment of the animal and birdlife.
  • Work on mapping the coral reef boundary and its biodiversity is in progress.. 22 species of hard corals under 17 genera and 9 families have been recorded along with 22 species of mollusks (shells) under 16 genera A host of other crustaceans, fin fish and algae species were also recorded.
Way Forward

  • Establishment of a Nature Interpretation Centre would act as a centre of information on all ongoing projects including indigenous flora and fauna, Olive Ridley and Green turtles, Whale Sharks, Coral Reefs, Mangrove ecosystems etc. It will showcase the efforts towards environmental programmes and nature conservation activities and their results to all stakeholders and to visitors. The nature Interpretation centre would also help in build knowledge, strengthen empowerment and enhance governance.
  • Building Knowledge: Building and improvement of biodiversity database through community participation, design of sustainable coastal rehabilitation; evaluation of effects; integration of ecosystem economic values in development planning;
  • Replication of the project module, including the role of the private sector.
  • Prioritization and development of alternative livelihood opportunities based on an environmental perspective.
  • Strengthen empowerment: promotion of civil society awareness and participation in decision making; building capacity of managers; supporting sustainable livelihoods among coastal communities; improving resilience to disasters; identification of sustainable financing mechanisms;
  • Enhance governance: support to national ICM programs; integration of safeguards in coastal land use planning; contribution to a national network of protected areas; ecological monitoring; encouraging environmentally sustainable business practices in coastal areas.

Nature has always been very vibrant, giving and resilient to a very large extent. Environment conservation has various connotation attached to it like maintenance of the environment, maintenance of the habitat, preservation of the environment, protection of the environment. Also, change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere over comparable time periods is an important area to be looked at when dealing with environment care and conservation.
At TCSRD, “Dharti Ko Aarpan” (Giving back to Mother Earth) program aims at restoration and conservation of the ecosystems by developing and implementing programs that target an integrated management approach. It also aims at protection of some of the endangered species. The objective of the program is to integrate all ongoing and planned efforts into one program so that awareness, conservation efforts and greening link up together to provide multiple benefits for the area as a whole, involving various stakeholders. Our current effort focuses largely on coastal ecosystems.

Conservation Of Lion
Coral Reef Regeneration
ECO Club