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NGO to conduct 18-month-long survey on ecology and biodiversity of Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani region

NGO to conduct 18-month-long survey on ecology and biodiversity of Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani region
The area has been declared ecologically delicate by the central authorities. (Categorical)

Written by Anoushka Gahilot 

A group of nature fanatics in Pune is conducting a survey of the ecology and biodiversity of the Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani area in Satara. The group, which calls itself Analysis and Motion in Pure Wealth Administration (RANWA), introduced that they’re conducting an 18-month-long survey at a press convention at Patrakar Bhavan on June 29.

The undertaking goals to create baseline information concerning the native biodiversity and conduct an ecological survey by consulting specialists within the biodiversity area. The undertaking staff intends to make use of this data to create a complete doc that might be used to additional generate consciousness about pure heritage, its safety and conservation amongst native residents and vacationers.

The scenic hill station of Mahabaleshwar, together with Panchgani in western India, comprising an intensive plateau of evergreen forest in a singular, crest-line location together with wealthy wildlife and an invigorating local weather, makes it a serious biodiversity hotspot of the northern Western Ghats.

In 2001, as a consequence of its geographical, ecological and organic significance, this area was declared “ecologically sensitive” by the Ministry of Setting, Forest and Local weather Change.

This area includes all the space inside the boundaries of Mahabaleshwar taluka and the six villages of the Jaoli taluka of Satara District.

The individuals who type this group have experience in ecologically necessary taxa or teams, together with mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, freshwater fish, bees, aquatic bugs, dragonflies, damselflies, ant fauna, herbaceous flora, woody crops and butterflies.

Dr Sanjeev Nalavade, precept investigator of the group, stated, “This popular hill station of western India attracts a large number of people almost throughout the year. In 2016, at least 20 lakh tourists and 3.3 lakh vehicles visited this region. This causes tremendous pressure on the natural resources. In fact, many plant and animal species are disappearing or are on the decline. Since no major attempt has been made so far to understand and analyse the positive impacts of the ESR status on the biodiversity of the region, the present study of RANWA aims to build a comprehensive picture of biodiversity and a platform for future ecological studies.”

The staff has urged folks to share their experiences with wildlife and flora across the area.

Established in 1993, RANWA has been concerned in analysis, surveys, training and action-oriented programmes about setting. It has performed analysis in forest ecology of the Western Ghats, sacred forest documentation, biodiversity and plantation drives with the assistance of scholar volunteers. Additionally it is related to businesses just like the State Forest Division and the Maharashtra State Horticultural and Medicinal Plant Board.

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