October Eco-days: 122nd Birth Anniversary of 'Birdman of India' Dr. Salim Ali
As part of CSR initiative of DCB Bank, we have planned to create an open air butterfly habitat for special children of Divya Vidyalay, Jawhar as well as for school students and visitors of Yusuf Meherally Centre, Tara. This project will be implemented by the Ladybird Environmental Consulting LLP. We will be planting 1000 butterfly attracting plants in Yusuf Meherally Center and 3000 plants in Jawhar School to create an open butterfly habitat where the butterfly life histories could be witnessed by the students. We will be conducting periodic plantation and butterfly assessment along with butterfly awareness programmes for the students. The DCB staff will also be engaged in volunteering for the plantation, and habitat maintenance works throughout the project.
The butterfly habitat will act as open-air butterfly garden for the students' and will improve the environment around. This butterfly garden will help in reducing temperatures during summer. The butterfly habitat will boost students' interests in environment as they experience butterfly life histories in their school premises.
The Divya Vidyalay, Jawhar is the only residential school for the blind and special childrens in Thane District founded by Smt. Pramila Tai Kokad under the Shree Gurudev Sanstha. This residential school for the blind and special children was a ray of hope for those parents living in the rural adivasi region of Palghar District. Here open spaces will be converted into butterfly habitats. Using ecosystem approach, wherein a green zone is created to support local biodiversity by improving green cover to support pollinators such as birds, bees and butterflies, and lastly reducing effects of the climate change by improving the environment.
The Yusuf Meherali Centre, Tara is a development NGO working with local communities. They run a school for tribal students within their premises. It has open spaces which we plan to
convert into butterfly habitats. We will conduct periodic plantation and butterfly assessment along with butterfly awareness programmes for the students.