Birds have fascinated people for a long time because of their vibrant colours, ability to fly so gracefully and melodious, trilling voices. The ‘singing’ of birds is one of Nature’s most beautiful experiences.
On the 11th of March, our Home Based Project team decided to tackle the growing concern of improper waste management systems in Kundapura. Waste mismanagement was leading to debris in the ocean, causing harm to marine life, and littering the roads of the areas.
The team, in order to draw the attention of the Municipality Authorities, met and consulted with Kodi Bearys College of Management, the NSS wing, FSL-India volunteers and ward counsellors to find some solutions to bring an end to the mismanagement of waste in the areas concerned. After meeting with the Municipality President, permission was given to undertake a community-based random sample survey of 251 households in order to gain a better understanding of the situation.
In the end, 72% of the households agreed to pay Rs. 30 each month to have a Municipality Waste Disposal System.
On the 20th and 21st of January, 2014, our Home Based Project team in Kundapura initiated a certificate distribution activity as a token of recognition for participants of our “debris free ocean” beach clean-up which took place on the 21st of September 2013. The clean-up activity had collected 13 tonnes of waste and had mobilized around 600 volunteers from schools, colleges, the fishermen community, youth clubs, self-help groups, Rotary members and more.
Ocean Conservancy – Washington and the Indian Maritime Foundation appreciated our efforts by issuing 52 certificates for all participating wings.
FSL-India organised LTV get-together at two different locations for the long term volunteers on 16th and 17th August 2012. While the LTV Program Team of Bangalore Region organised at Chandrashekar School, Bangalore with the theme Paint the School; Kundapur Region organised the get together at Mundigemane, Madodi, Shivmoga. In Bangalore out of fourteen invited only nine volunteers participated. From Kundapur region ten volunteers participated in the get together. The objectives of the GTG are as follows:
- to share their experience, project work, progress result among the volunteers
- to find solution to the problems that they come across
- to share best practices among the volunteers
- to have one-to-one talk with the coordinator
- to get motivation for future work
The get together primarily focussed on assess the progress on the inter-cultural learning and project activities assigned to each volunteer. Project portrait, one-to-one talk with coordinators and skit presentation were the major input during the get together. Volunteers could share with each other their experience, project work, progress made and results achieved. Volunteers also deliberated and collectively searched for options and solutions to the commonly encountered challenges in the project. During one-to one talk with the respective coordinators, volunteers also discussed on the challenges they encountered in the projects.
Environment degradation is one of the most development challenges today globally. Coastal area is one such vulnerable zone which gets environmentally degraded. In this backdrop, 19th September is set aside for beach clean-up day.
As environment promotion is one of the important development programs, FSL India took a part in “International beach clean-up day” at Marvante, Kundapur on 17th November 2011. FSL volunteers, staff and local people participated in this event. International beach clean-up was organised in collaboration with Trasi Nirmala Grama Samithi (Sanitation Committee. The local sanitation clubs formed by FSL India also participated and took the major role for beach clean-up. All FSL India volunteers under Home Based Project and staff and about 50 community people participated. The participants collected the garbage around the beach and safely disposed.
It was bit hard but commendable work undertaken by FSL India volunteers and the staff. The volunteers participated very enthusiastically and set a good example of global concern for environment promotion. All the participants contributed their effort for environment conservation. Local people also appreciated the works of the volunteers and SFL India team.
17th November 2010
Since last year FSL India and the Sanitation Project in Trasi are presenting the International Beach Cleaning Day with local people and volunteers. The Nirmala Grama Samithi (Sanitation Commitee) welcomed the numerous participants to keep the beach and the park clean. At first they meet for a strengthening snack and after welcome speeches of the committee and the lions club, around 60 people started with bags and gloves to do real nature conservation. It was a really exhausting work with the heat and the big area of pollution, but also it were a good diversion for the volunteers from their daily routine and a good impression for the locals to maybe get inspired.
– Karin Schneider
Because of the great interest in our first postcard we fulfilled the often voiced wish of printing another postcard. Now you can see Kundapura’s beautiful beaches, the backwaters and cultural events on one postcard. Is there a better way of sending personal greetings to your loved-ones? Visit the FSL Eco-office and get exclusive Kundapura postcards. All the money goes to the Eco-Tourism fund which is used to finance our projects and build a farmer’s committee on Kannada Kudru.
Kannadakudru ,one of the Island in the backwater near Kundapur. FSL India Eco tourism project is focusing on this island to develop Eco tourism .
The most part of the area become a baren land because of non cultivation,the main reasons is lack of labour to cultivate the land (Last year some people ploughed the land manually and also no road connections to promote agriculture. There are lots of scope for agricultural development.
Eco tourism team contacted Regional Agricultural Research Centre Brahamvara to find out solution for agricultural development in this Island. Dr.Hanumanthappa, Regional Agricultural Research institute with his 4 scientist visited to place.
The quality of water and Soil samples collected from various parts of this island, Mr.Jayprakash, a scientist of institution tested quality. He explained test report about the mineral content in the soil and water. He suggested to improve the fertility of the land. The research centre will organize training to the farmers in to cope with this soil situation.
On 7th of May agricultural institution’s 5 scientists including Director of the institution visited the KannadaKudru. The suggestions given to farmers in improving the land and offered to give training also to the interested farmers.
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As part of our sea turtle project a huge green turtle weighing nearly 100 kilograms was spotted near Uppunda, 25 kilometers north of Kundapur. This turtle was accidentally caught in the fishing net of a fisherman here and he informed our new contact person Mr Kamalaksha who called the project immeadiatly. FSL sea turtle team rushed to the spot immediately and released this turtle to the sea. It is very good motivation to the sea turtle volunteers who worked very hard in this area just before one day.
Turtle bay beach resort and FSL India jointly organised World Beach Cleaning day at Maravanthe beach on 19th September. The program was partially sponsored by the Bangalore organisation called Scuba Dive. The event was planned to clean 1 kilometer area with FSL volunteers and local people. It was very sucessful with more number of participants than the expected. School children joined hands with foreign volunteers in picking the trash over the beach. At the end of the event Mr Chako (President of Turtle bay beach resort) honoured children by giving certificates. Even two participants got a beautiful T-shirt as special recognition for active participation.
Every year millions of olive ridleys are coming to the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is known as the second biggest mass nesting area for turtles in the world. Nowadays the sea turtles are an endangered species. Commercial fish trawling is the main threat, because the turtles get trapped in the nets and drowning to death. Especially in Orissa one can see the result of this intensive industrial fishing. Thousands of dead sea turtles are washed to the sandy beaches every day. Many NGO’s along the coasts of India try to protect the turtles from this danger. So does the Green Life Rural Association (GLRA) with whom FSL India is going to start a project. FSL India will send volunteers to Orissa for “The Turtle Friends Project” of GLRA to change the situation for the turtles for the better.
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Since the beginning of June to till now FSL saved 5 injured sea turtles under the project area. Out of 5 protected turtles 3 are Olive Ridleys and 2 Green Turtles. On 27th of June our sea turtle co-ordinators Dinesh and Austin rescued a wounded green turtle and taken it to Dasi Kharvy for neccessary treatments, which increased the number up by 5 in six weeks. Becuase of the roughness of sea water all the turtles are now in Dasi Karvy’s observation and soon it will be realesed to the sea.