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Ecological Restoration

A trumpet call

About Us

Uttarayan, a 35+ yr old NGO working with people and ecosystem has been steadily building robust ecology across South Bengal. It being part of Pallisree, the largest nursery organisation in West Bengal makes it easier to work on ecological restorations.

We are partnering with WWF West Bengal to create a nursery for elephant fodder and repellant plantation to restore fragmented habitats of North Bengal Terai elephant corridors.

The NGO’s sole mission and vision has been to intricately work on restoration of fragmented corridors in South Bengal and recreate the rich biodiversity which was at one point a region dedicated to rich flora and fauna but with the advent of population explosion it has got largely fragmented causing man-animal conflict and mass extinction of flora and fauna. This has also broken the connected ecosystem between Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal. We also aim to work closely with local stakeholders to empower them and make them part of the whole rejuvenation.

Ecological Footprint

June 05, 2018

Celebrated World Environment Day with local Forest Department of Arambagh, Hooghly, the program comprised of Awareness generation in local school students, by organising Drawing Competition, Essay Writing, Slogan Writing, etc. It got local news coverage as well.

August 12, 2018

Celebrated World Elephant Day by planting fodder tree species near forest fringe grasslands of Gobindapur, Bankura.

March 21, 2019

Celebrated World Forest Day by planting various types of avenue tree species on roadsides in Kusumdungri, Bankura and Panipathar, Purulia.

June 5, 2019

Celebrated World Environment Day with a school of Baguihati. Uttarayan organised a visit of Banabitan with environment related placards for the students.

August 8, 2019

Celebrated Horticulture Day, by providing fruit saplings to local villagers so that they can plant them on their courtyard and it will be regarded as a source of food. It was organised in Santiniketan, Birbhum district.

March 8, 2020

Celebrated World Women’s Day by giving away timber species as an empowerment to about 200 women’s of Arambagh, so that they can plant them and after 8-10years, if they are in financial crisis then they can sell the timber and improve their family economically.

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June 5, 2020

Celebrated World Environment Day by organizing a miking session about forest degradation, climate change, habitat destruction, etc in various parts of Kolkata.

 

August 15, 2020

Celebrated Independence Day by planting total 2020 plants in different parts of Hooghly, Bankura, Birbhum, Purulia, Kolkata, etc.

May 5, 2021

The world is on a precipice of unimaginable destruction due to several anthropogenic factors. The degradation of forests and landscapes is expected to worsen, as its drivers such as climate change, population growth and agricultural encroachment increasingly threaten our environment. Action is needed to halt environmental degradation, promote sustainable resource management, and restore the damage done https://www.wri.org/insights/nature-economic-winner-covid-19-recovery.

Globally more than 2 billion ha of forests and other land are degraded impacting 3.2 billion people because it directly threatens their food security or livelihoods. www.fao.org/state-of-forests/en/http://

A milestone success in restoration

Post Amphan and Yaas, most agricultural fields are unusable due to high salinity levels. Uttarayan wildlife with the help of experts like Dr. Sen prepared a formulae for de-salinization which yielded good results.

 

Post treatment of high salinity soil, farmers are exultant that they could sow the initial paddy seed

Plantation of ecological important species at Jamjuri, West Bengal, India.

Jamjuri is a place in Bankura district, West Bengal, where land is known for good fertility. It comes in Onda Block, which is a community development block (CD block) that forms an administrative division in the Bankura Sadar subdivision of the Bankura district in West Bengal, India.

In the Onda CD block in 2011, among the class of total workers, roughly 39.52% of the total population were agricultural workers.

In such a typical agricultural dominant area, some grew a manmade forest of Eucalyptus in an area of almost 20 hectare which has many ill effects like:

  1. It induces soil degradation.
  2. It is also considered responsible for declining groundwater.
  3. It also decreases biodiversity as the plant is not palatable for any animals and it doesn’t allow lower storeyed hedges to grow.
  4. Since its exotic and also fast growing, it easily outruns native species of ecological importance.
  5. No agriculture can be done around since it has allelopathic effect .
  6. Its leaves are very difficult to decompose so the soil underneath the plant gets unusable and lacks essential organic matter.

 

Uttarayan, visited those areas and discussed the negative consequences with the land owner, helped them with alternative ideas with high economic returns. Our team managed to convince them to shift from planting Eucalyptus to create a nursery after lot of soil reclamation process. As a result it gave economic stability to local people and provided empowerment to local tribal women as they started working in the nursery and even local children got aware of the biodiversity.

Before After

  1. The land was unused.
  2. Due to lack of shrubs underneath the area lacked any biodiversity including reptiles.
  3. The place didn’t support any economic growth to local community.
  4. Women in the village used to work only in their own households.
  5. It is being used in nursery purpose.
  6. The area has now good population of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and even snakes.
  7. Almost 50 households are run by the income generated by working in the nursery.
  8. Women are now empowered and are economical self-sufficient.

The Team

Mr. Sanat Kumar Das, Retd. (IFS), Director of Uttarayan Wild Life

Conservation sets and evolves the strategic direction for wild life conservation, while nurturing a strong leadership team to drive its execution.

  • He holds a degree of B.SC (Ag) from Kalyani University, AIFC from Forest research Institute & Colleges, Dehradun,UP. In addition to that he has undergone various professional training both National and International.
  • During his long service tenure from 1968 – 2003 with Ministry of Environmental and Forest, Govt. of India, he was Incharge of conservation of bio diversity in the eleven states of Eastern and North Eastern states like – Orissa,WB, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Manipur,Mizoram, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh etc. He is also having a vast experience on Conservation of Tiger in the mangrove ecosystem.
  • He even worked with Royal Govt. of Bhutan, looking after bio-diversity conservation in the Eastern part of Bhutan.
  • Earlier during his tenure as Divisional Forest officer in 24 Parganas (1990-1993) , he undertook Mangrove Conservation, Protection and Development project in the SUNDERBAN BIOSHPERE RESERVE.
  • As a Deputy Conservator of Forests –SBR (1993-1995) his area of operations was from Sagar island to Herobhanga bordering Sajnekhali and the Sunderban Tiger Reserve from Herobhanga side to Bangladesh border.
  • During his tenure with Govt. of India as Regional Deputy Director Wild Life Preservation – Eastern Region (1995-1998) worked on socio-economic development of the Biosphere habitants.  
  • Presently associated with eminent industrial groups like Pallishree Ltd.(WB) etc. providing technical knowledge for development of Nurseries .
Prashant-Pandit

Prashant Pandit - Honorary Member of Uttarayan Wild Life Conservation

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Pandit, Retd. (IFS),Honarary Member of  Uttarayan Wild Life Conservation, having not only vast experience throughout West Bengal in territorial, Wildlife, Tiger Reserves, Protected Areas & Marketing div. as Additional DFO,DFO & Div.Mgr., Conservator / Chief Conservator  of forests but an eminent award winner personality, a Professor and an author (books & monographs).

  • He holds a degree of M.Sc(Botany) under Calcutta University, Diploma of State Forest Service College, Burnihat, Assam (Govt. Of India, presently renamed as Academy of State Forest Service) Recognised by Forest Research Institute & Colleges, Dehradun, UP. He attended specialised Training across India.
  • During his long service tenure he published 36 articles in National & International journals on Ethnomedicianl plants, Ethnoveterinary plants, Non timber Forest Products, Sacred Groves,, wildlife related issues etc. He won some eminent awards viz. Sk Seth Prize of The Indian Forester for best Research paper in the field of Environment, Ecology and Allied Disciplines (2004), Master Trainer /Master resource Person in the Forestry & allied Sector.
  • Earlier he worked as ACF & Additional Div. Forest Officer in Bankura region (1990-1993), ACF & Addl. Dy. Field Director, Buxa Tiger Reserve Alipurduar (1993-1994), DCF & DFO , Purulia (1999-2001),DCF & Div. Mgr., Medinipur (2001-2002), DCF & Div. Mgr. Kharagpur (2002-2006),
  • As DFO, Siliguri (1996-1999) his major achievement was Construction of Non-timber Forest Product Museum at Sukna.
  • While his tenure as DCG & DFO, Jhargram (2006-2009), he conducted huge activities under MGNREGA funds.
  • DCF & Asst. Chief Conservator of Forests (2009-2010), DCF ^ Dy. Field Director, Sundarban Tiger Reserve (2010-2013), CCF & Addl. Project Director (2014-2017) , assisted in Development of HI Tech Nurseries in interstate level.

Since 2017 he is associated as Chief Conservator of Forests , Personnel Mngt. Cell with West Bengal Forest Directorate.

Abhishek-Ghosh

Abhishek Ghosh, Member and SME, Uttarayan Wildlife Wing

M.Sc. Forestry from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun with experience of working on Community Education, Awareness Generation and Conservation Strategies for Gangetic Dolphin in West Bengal and have experience of habitat restoration project in Maldevta, Dehradun. I am one of the four candidates in India to get the prestigeous fellowship from International Tropical Timber Organization, Yokohama, Japan for Internship work on Socio-economic dependency on Agroforestry in Yamuna Nagar, Haryana. I have also been working in leading role on several projects of  ecological importance like awareness generation in society, afforestation in several parts of India, etc. under the banner of Uttarayan.

diya

Diya Sur, Honorary Director, Uttarayan Wildlife Wing

An ex corporate wholly dedicated to wildlife management and conservation in West Bengal for past 15 years. I have been in several prestigious conflict management mitigation projects for past 10 years. Am also a successful activist voicing my concerns in form of RTI, PIL’s for better management and

slip-offs. Featured in Fortune India magazine as a wildlife conservationist working towards Conflict mitigation.

Certified from United for Wildlife in Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation

Awarded the Hoffman Ecology Restoration Grant, Switzerland to revive the broken ecology of Sundarbans Post Amphan.

Contact Us

Uttarayan

 

Registered office : Chandur, Arambagh, Hooghly – 712602. 
 
City Office : Merlin Infinite, DN 51, 12th Floor, Unit 1205, Sector V, Salt Lake City, Kolkata – 700091.
 

  +91 6302074392

 

  uttarayan@gmail.com