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Issue 07 l July 2020

Director's Corner
"As the rainy season begins, nature begins to look different. In the backdrop of the present COVID-19, everyone should be very careful in the rainy season. But at the same time, we should take the opportunity to plant trees. Only if we preserve nature, we will be able to sustain. Stay Safe !!"
- Dr. Vinitaa Apte
Founder Director, TERRE
 Common Name:
Sal Tree
Scientific name:
Shorea Robusta
In India, it extends from Assam, Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand west to the Shivalik Hills in Haryana, east of the Yamuna. The range also extends through the Eastern Ghats and to the eastern Vindhya and Satpura ranges of central India. It is often the dominant tree in the forests where it occurs. The sal tree is known also as sakhua in northern India, including Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand. It is the state tree of two Indian states - Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Sal is moderate to slow-growing and can attain heights of 30 to 35 m and a trunk diameter of up to 2-2.5 m. The leaves are 10–25 cm long and 5–15 cm broad. In wetter areas, Sal is evergreen; in drier areas, it is dry-season deciduous, shedding most of the leaves in between February to April, leafing out again in April and May.
Sal is one of the most important sources of hardwood timber in India, with hard, coarse-grained wood that is light in colour when freshly cut but becomes dark brown with exposure. The wood is resinous and durable, and is sought-after for construction, although not well suited to planning and polishing. The wood is especially suitable for constructing frames for doors and windows. Sal seeds and fruit are a source of lamp oil and vegetable fat. The seed oil is extracted from the seeds and used as cooking oil after refining.
Nisarg Ranga
Fire fly
The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera with over 2,000 described species. They are soft-bodied beetles that are commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous use of bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates or prey. Fireflies produce a "cold light", with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale red. Fireflies are found in temperate and tropical climates. Many are found in marshes or in wet,
wooded areas where their larvae have abundant sources of food. While all known fireflies glow, only some adults produce light and the location of the light organ varies among species and between sexes of the same species.
Mynas (Acridotheres tristis) are one of the most common garden birds of India, which are easy to identify because of its distinctive yellow-patch around the eyes which extends to its beak. Common Myna is widely popular in Indian culture, appearing in Vedic and Buddhist texts; often paired with rose-ringed Parakeets (Tota), probably because both birds are vocal and are capable of mimicking human sound.
These omnivorous birds feeds on insects, reptiles, small mammals, seeds, grain and fruits and discarded
waste from human habitation. These birds are spread across South and South-east Asia. These birds can be easily seen in open woodland, cultivation and around human habitation.
Issue 07 l July 2020
Virtual Celebration of World Environmental Day  
(5th June 2020)
World Environment Day 2020 was celebrated virtually in Collaboration with Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 05 th June 2020. Mrs. Manju Pandey introduced about the details of webinar. Chief Guest was Hon. Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate change and Shri Babul Supriyo Hon’ble Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change. Mr. Vivek Khandekar, Chief Conservator of forests, Pune Circle introduced briefly about Pune forest circle as well as Smritivan Urban Forest, Warje. Founder Director of TERRE Policy Centre Dr. Vinita Apte emphasized Urban forests are lungs of city. She expressed vote of thanks to Maharashtra Forest Department for allocating land for plantation and CSR partners for giving us best financial support. She conveyed the message that “Everyone needs to grow forest and should have a daily walk to breath fresh air".  
To watch full webinar click here
TERRE's Tree Plantation Inaugranal Ceremony 2020
(26th June 2020)
On 26th June 2020, TERRE Policy Centre has done its inaugural plantation for the financial year 2020 on its new plantation site under social forestry. TERRE has inaugurated this plantation under the CSR partnership with TATA Motors Pune and Persistent Foundation. The inaugural plantation was done at SRPF (State Reserve Police Force) land near Wadachi Wadi, Undri Pune in the presence of chief guest Miss. Niva Jain, IPS Commandant SRPF, Dr. Vinita Apte, founder Director TERRE, Mr. Rohit Saroj, DGM CSR, TATA Motors and team member of TERRE, TATA Motors and SRPF. This year TERRE is going to plant a total 21,000 trees on the above site.
Issue 07 l July 2020
About TERRE New Initiate "Nisarg Rang" Magazine  

Being on social media or school chats the environment is currently the topic of concern and discussion regarding the birds around us, the moths on the walls, the ants in the kitchen, the trees on the road, the sunlight, the wind, the rain, the cold. There is curiosity about this component of the environment, but there are no answers to the questions that arise from it. We will now visit you every fortnight with answers to many such questions that children may have. We are going to unveil the treasure of nature to you in this short Magazine. In this magazine students, we will receive information in a simple way which will make the students understand easily, to explore the world of birds, insects, wildlife, forests, different trees, rivers, seas and even in the sky. Twice a month we will take you to the nature tour.
All you have to do is register with us.

…………………….So let's go on this journey with nature

Magazine  information

  1. This magazine is for the students of 4th to 7th standard, containing interesting and mysteries knowledge from the treasure of nature. The issue will be published every 15th day from July 16, 2020.
  2. 17 such issues will be published twice a month this year.
  3. All issues will be published in artistic Marathi language.
  4. Name, full address, e-mail id and mobile phone number must be given while registering the name.

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Issue 07 l July 2020
Teachers Olympiad
(16th Edition - June 2020)
TERRE conducted its 16th edition of Teachers Olympiad, which is an online competition scheduled every month. TERRE Policy Centre in collaboration with Earth Day Network launched this Olympiad to encourage the teachers to spread awareness about environmental issues among students.   
Winner of Teachers Olympiad - June, 2020
Mr. Amol Helode   
Sahakar Vidyamandir Pimpalgaon, Maharashtra

Interested teachers can register anytime for the Olympiad using the link given below:
For any queries regarding the above competition, feel free to contact us : 
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Issue 07 l July 2020
Young Research Fellowship
The award ceremony of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Young Research Fellowship will be conducted on the death anniversary of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam i.e. on 27th of July 2020. Because of COVID-19 situation award ceremony will be conducted on online platform.
Click here for eBook of Dr Kalam Fellowship projects Vol-1, 2020
TERRE Warrior of the Month
A field team of the TERRE Policy Center is continuously working hard in extreme climatic conditions on the field for the protection, maintenance and watering plantation site. Mr. Ankush Waghmare (age 32) is TERRE warrior who belongs from Katkari tribal community located in the hamlet of the village Karav, Tehsil Pen, District - Raigad, Maharashtra. He is working as a caretaker at Karav plantation site from last 2 Years. Watering at the hilly plantation site is one of the biggest challenges in hot summer having 45 degree C temperature. Mr. Ankush and with field team have continuously added their efforts for watering at Karav Plantation. Lifting water engine, pipes on the shoulder and walking on the hills is not an easy task for the team. He is successfully doing watering of the 11 Hector Plantation land having 4500 plants with a 73.67 % survival rate. He is playing an important role in the afforestation on barren land and also conservation of biodiversity at Karav plantation site. Considering his efforts and hard work TERRE Policy Centre declared Mr. Ankush Waghmare as TERRE warrior of the Month.
Issue 07 l July 2020
White throated kingfisher
(Halcyon smyrnensis)
The white-throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) also known as the white-breasted kingfisher is a tree kingfisher, widely distributed in Asia from the Sinai east through the Indian Subcontinent to the Philippines. This Kingfisher is a resident over much of its range, although some populations may make short distance movements. It can often be found well away from water where it feeds on a wide range of prey that includes small reptiles, amphibians, crabs, small rodents and even birds. During the breeding season they call loudly in the mornings from prominent perches including the tops of buildings in urban areas or on wires.......Read More

PrintingProofread Before
“Always check your print preview before printing to avoid repeating of jobs and wasting of paper.” So it ultimately leads to conservation of trees.

Issue 07 l July 2020
2020 Super Year for Nature and Biodiversity amid
2020 has been designated as a super year for global biodiversity as governments were meant to agree on a target to reverse the environmental damages caused by human activities. But with Coronavirus cases rising globally at all day record cases being reported daily slowing down the actions to be taken for the conservation of biodiversity. The number of people getting affected with COVID-19 globally has now crossed 1 crore mark. No infectious disease has spread so quickly across the globe as the novel coronavirus, and there is currently much debate about how to prevent rapid worldwide outbreaks of infectious diseases in the future. This pandemic has once again drawn attention to the disastrous decline in biodiversity, and this has been a particularly important subject for politicians and scientists The emergence of COVID-19 has underscored the fact that when we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the system that supports human life. The more biodiverse an ecosystem is, the more difficult it is for one pathogen to spread rapidly or dominate; whereas, biodiversity loss provides an opportunity for pathogens to pass between animals and people.  Human actions, including deforestation, encroachment on wildlife habitats, intensified agriculture, and acceleration of climate change, have upset the delicate balance of nature. We have changed the system that would naturally protect us, and have created conditions that allow particular pathogens–including coronaviruses–to spread. 
...........Sourav Dutta
Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce
Issue 07 l July 2020

'Cut Down the tree, 
I am not able to see the plantation Schedule

Dhanraj Garad

The number of Asiatic lions in the Gir forest region has increased by 29 per cent to 674, the Gujarat forest department said on Wednesday.
The department carried out a `population estimation exercise' on the night of June 5 and 6 when there was full moon.
The exercise was undertaken as the five yearly census could not be carried out in May due to the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown, it said.
...........Read more

Worli sea link of Mumbai connects which cities of following?

a) Dadar – Thane
b) Dadar – Andheri
c) Thane – Andheri
d) Bandra – Worli

If you know the answer, send us at

Answer for last month's question:

4) Pune

Winner of the last month's question: 

Shirish Kale (Pune)
Issue 07 l July 2020
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