Plantation along the bank of rivulet in Rahimatpur
February 09 & 10, 2019
TERRE Policy Centre in cooperation with Forest Department of Maharashtra launched a game-changing Maharashtra-wide project to increase green cover and at the same time to contribute to clean water, clean air and clean village in Rahimatpur, District Satara. Almost every village has rivulet (Odha) that provides water to the people, flora and fauna in that village. With the convenience of tap waters sourced from major rivers, the rivulets have long been neglected, instead it has become dumping grounds for the garbage from the village.
The project that provides multitude of benefits including biodiversity conservation by planting the selected trees along the banks of rivulet has started in the rivulet of Rahimatpur called ‘Kamandalu’ on 9-10th February 2019 in the presence of Mr. Vikas Kharage (Chief Secretary, Forests Government of Maharashtra), Dadasaheb Shrinivas Patil (Former Governor of Sikkim) and Dr. Vinitaa Apte (Founder Director TERRE Policy Centre).
On the same occasion, Chaundeshwari Shikshan Sanstha, Rahimatpur was awarded the consolation prize for 100% Participation (in difficult rural area) and Anisha Ghadge for achieving 10th rank (Sapling Category) in TERRE Olympiad 2018-19.
On 22nd Feb 2019, IAS Officer Vikas Kharage (currently posted as Chief Secretary, Ministry of Forest Maharashtra) visited TERRE Office.
He was keen on knowing the ongoing projects and activities of TERRE from Dr. Vinitaa Apte and the team. He also discussed about TERRE’s afforestation target for 2019-20 under the Maharashtra Government's 33 crore Tree plantation drive. He mentioned the current situation of degraded rivulate of Maharashtra region with reference to his recent visit to the rural regions of Maharashtra and degrading situation of rivulet in Ichalkaranji of Kolhapur district.
He congratulated TERRE for its successful journey and expressed his best wishes for the upcoming projects.
Volunteering activity by Persistent Foundation in Mhalunge
February 23, 2019
24 enthusiastic volunteers from Persistent Foundation came for the volunteering activity in Mhalunge.
They successfully completed watering around 1200-1500 trees.
Dr. Vinitaa Apte takes SDGs to students of MIT Pune
February 23, 2019
On 26th Feb 2019, Dr. Vinitaa Apte addressed the BBA students of MIT World Peace University Pune. The session was specifically organized by MIT School of Management (MITSOM) to inspire the students for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr. Apte presented various projects of TERRE and explained its linkages with the SDGs.
TERRE has been working on 14 goals out of 17 through various projects that includes plantations, education program, watershed development, waste management, light the path etc.
TERRE Policy Centre in collaboration with Earth Day Network is launching a national level Teachers Olympiad named as 'TERRE Teachers Olympiad’. It will also be a National Level online environment awareness based Quiz Competition, which will be conducted on 15th day of every month for next 18 months. The Exam format of this Olympiad will be similar to TERRE Olympiad. First exam will be conducted on 15th March 2019, for that registration portal will be open from 11th March 2019. After the teachers' registration, each teacher will receive unique ID and password to login the exam portal, where he/she will have to solve 10 MCQ environment-based questions in 5 min. Each question will contain 2 marks and teacher with minimum 18 marks in minimum time will be selected as the winner of month. Winner will be awarded with certificate and an online shopping voucher worth INR 750-1000.
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27th February 2019 - Marathi Day Celebration at MITSOM college Pune. Poetry recitation of great poet Kusumagraj was led by Dr. Vinitaa Apte (Founder Director, TERRE) and Mrs Madhuri Vaidya (Editor, Marathi Magazine Vipul Shree)