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We conducted a volunteering event for 14 students of Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College of Botany and ESDM department at taloja hills. They helped us in measuring the tree girth for calculating carbon sequestration of trees at site. During the programme, students learned about the forest restoration techniques used at the site and the local biodiversity of the place.
We conducted a nature trail for 33 students of Indian Council of Basic Education (Gandhi Shikshan Bhavan) of grade 9,10,11,12 at taloja hills. During the trail students learned about the restoration techniques used at the site and the local biodiversity of the place.
17 DCB employees volunteered for the mulching activity on 10th December at the site. During the volunteering activity volunteers added mulch to the saplings. This will retain moisture in the plants and add nutrients necessary to boost the plants growth.
A group of 10 students of SVKM's Mithibai college volunteered with us on (16/10/22) at SGNP, Mulund for de-weeding activity in our plantation zones.
DCB bank employees participated in a volunteering event on September 25th, 2022. Fourteen employees joined the programme and helped us with ring de-weeding and site clean-up. They ring de-weeded around 40 plants saplings.
We conducted an educational site visit for 30 students and faculty of SIES college and Garware institute. Our trail expert, Ms Priti Chogale led the trail while describing about our ongoing project at the SGNP, Mulund site as well as the interesting biodiversity of the season.
We successfully completed our Caterpillar Rearing Project (1 July- 31 August) as part of National Moth Week celebrations: Students from various schools have been rearing their caterpillars successfully. We successfully completed stage one and stage two of the project. Stage two entailed filling out the data sheet with the information that was acquired while the caterpillars were being raised. On 4th September, 2022 altogether 65 students submitted their datasheets, of which 63 had successfully reared the caterpillars. Among these, 40 had reared a higher number of individuals, and out of this, 20 reared the highest number of moth caterpillars. The winner is, therefore, Government Higher Primary School Moodmbailu from Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, where 21 students 6,7,8 participated, completed 39 datasheets, completed 37 lifecycles, and reared 39 individuals (24 months and 14 butterflies). The students presented their findings through our online valedictory function. It was pleasure to watch the budding student citizen scientists in action. We are thankful to our partners; WWF Delhi, Nature Mates, Pritha Dey and Vijay Barve without whom this project wouldn’t have succeeded.
On 27th August 2022, we engaged 25 enthusiastic corporate volunteers at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mulund for tree plantation, installation of tree guards, and tagging. Ms Priti Chogale, Projects Manager demonstrated the method of planting the sapling and setting up tree guard. After which, the volunteers planted 53 trees of Wild Jamun, Tamhan, Umbar and Tetu, installed tree guards around them and tagged their trees. Two excited children also joined and participated in the Plantation drive.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Independence Day, on August 12th, 28 student and staff volunteers from NSAM academy, Kharghar, planted 50 saplings of Touch me not, Neem, Bamboo green, and Giloy.
We engaged 22 DCB staff volunteers for a plantation drive at SGNP's Mulund Range on August 6, 2022. Even in the pouring rain, volunteers worked hard and joyfully. At the site, they planted 121 shrubs (Adulsa, Touch me not, Asparagus, and Vetiver grass) and ten herbs (Bamboo) along a deer grazing zone and a pollinator zone.
Taloja Hills celebrated Van Mahotsav by developing our site forest nursery by making of sapling bags, these saplings will then be planted in the next plantation drive in the coming months. Faculty from ITM Institute of Hotel Management with their students volunteered in tree plantation and seed bag making. The event was lead by Mrs. Jyoti
Taloja Hills celebrated Van Mahotsav by developing our site forest nursery by making of sapling bags, these saplings will then be planted in the next plantation drive in the coming months. Faculty from ITM Institute of Hotel Management with their students volunteered in tree plantation and seed bag making. The event was lead by Mrs. Jyoti Nadkarni who also enlightened the volunteers with a nature trail at the site.
On July 1, 2022, the first day of Van Mahotsav week, we officially began this year's plantation work at Ambivli Biodiversity Park. Along with 70 KDMC officials and doctors, Hon. Dr. Dayanidhi, Commissioner of KDMC, and Hon. CE Ms. Koli were present at the ceremony. They contributed by putting 30 Guava, Ixora, Mini Rose, and Amla plants in
On July 1, 2022, the first day of Van Mahotsav week, we officially began this year's plantation work at Ambivli Biodiversity Park. Along with 70 KDMC officials and doctors, Hon. Dr. Dayanidhi, Commissioner of KDMC, and Hon. CE Ms. Koli were present at the ceremony. They contributed by putting 30 Guava, Ixora, Mini Rose, and Amla plants in the ground. Additionally, we worked with 30 school kids to help us grow our nursery by having them plant seeds of Apta and Kanchan to create 200 sapling bags. 25 Jamaican spike bushes were planted by a DCB employee who participated in the event as a volunteer.
Dr V. Shubhalaxmi (Moth Lady of India), conducted the orientation programme for students enrolled in the Caterpillar Rearing Project. She explained on "Why Moths Matter?" to 150+ students from 16 Schools. This Orientation program was jointly hosted with Natures Mates, Diversity India and WWF. This program covered the details on the handling and conducting of the caterpillar project for students along with the necessary safety protocols to be followed by teachers and students. The goal of this Caterpillar Rearing Project is to instil a scientific mindset in school students.
Our plantation drive got off to a roaring start on June 25! At our project site in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mulund Range, a strong group of 270 DCB volunteers supported us in planting 500 seedlings. The volunteers were also given the opportunity to a nature walk where our trail guides led them on a tour of the wonderful biodiversity of the region. They also fixed the tree guards and added compost to the existing plantation. We planted plants such as Pongam, Amaltas, Shivan, Amla, wild Jasmine, Wild Fig, Fishtail Palm, Adulsa, Bamboo, Karvanda, and others.
National Moth Week (NMW) is a global citizen-science project for recording moths. Held annually for nine days during the last full week and two weekends of July, i.e. from July 23 through 31. Usually adult moths are studied during this week, this time however moth caterpillars will also be studied. As a celebration of this week, we are launching the Moth Monitoring Programme for Schools. In its first year we are starting with Caterpillar Rearing Project for schools and eventually, we will progress to mothing events for schools. Dr V. Shubhalaxmi, Founder of iNaturewatch conceptulized this idea along with our partners from WWF, Natures Mate, National Moth Week and Diversity India. Learn more about Moth Monitoring Programme for Schools here.
Taloja Hill site celebrated World Environment Day by hosting a check dam building activity. A check dam is constructed to counteract erosion by reducing water flow velocity. Four check dams were built by DCB employee volunteers with the assistance of our on-site caretakers.
On the occasion of World Environment Day, our SGNP site organized a check-dam building and clean up drive activity. 44 enthusiastic employees of DCB bank joined us and were engaged in building two check dams and performed a cleanup drive by collecting 20 kgs of waste. Volunteers were provided with the necessary materials needed for the activity from our on-site caretakers.
What better way to celebrate the 5th of June 2022, World Environment Day than to get together to volunteer in building and restoring habitats. Such activity was initiated at our Ambivli Biodiversity Park, where 294 sapling bags were made by 7 DCB bank employee volunteers along with two community volunteers. These sapling bags will later be propagated at our site nursery.
An online event conducted for KPMG India Corporate employees. 40 volunteers attended the event where our founder Dr V. Shubhalaxmi (Moth Lady of India) delivered a talk on the basics of kitchen Garden and also emphasized the benefits of the organic kitchen garden using single use plastic containers / wrappers. Kitchen Garden setup was demonstrated by our team member Nishtha using only household waste like single use plastic containers and vegetable waste.
We commemorated the International Day of Biological Diversity with the assistance of volunteers who assisted with habitat restoration. Across all three locations, 64 DCB Bank employee volunteers and 11 community volunteers joined us. They performed plantation care such as mulching, watering plants, mending tree guards, and gathering wild seeds to establish a forest nursery. Numerous seeds from various types of natural trees, including Pongam, Indian elm, and Moi, were harvested by volunteers. These will shortly be propagated in our different forest nurseries.
We conducted a Seed collection and Sapling Bag-making event at Taloja Hill. Three volunteers collected seeds and created forty planting bags. A project video was recorded to document the activities of the project. As part of the production, interviews were conducted with Forest Department personnel and community volunteers.
We successfully launched our most expected app of the year, the Karnala e-Forestrails, on the eve of Earth Day. Shri Gaurav Mehta, CSR Head, DCB Bank Limited as our chief guest and Smt. Saroj Gavas, IFS, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Thane as our guest of honour attended the app launch ceremony in the lush forest of Karnala. DCB Bank provided funding for the app as part of their corporate social responsibility programme. Dr.V Shubhalaxmi, the founder of the iNaturewatch Foundation, conceptualized the idea. In collaboration with Maharashtra's Forest Department.
At Taloja Hill, we organised a seed collection drive. Five local volunteers and one DCB Bank employee joined us. Shri Gaurav Mehta, CSR Head, DCB Bank Ltd, also joined us. We collected seeds from various tree species to utilise in making sapling bags that will be replanted.
On the eve of Earth Day, our SGNP site hosted a seed collection drive. We were joined by one enthusiastic employee of DCB Bank. The volunteer harvested tree seeds. These seeds were then used to cultivate saplings for our site's upcoming nursery. Our on-site caretakers provided the volunteer with the necessary assistance.
In honor of Earth Day, we started building a Butterfly garden for KCorp charity foundation, Worli, with 21 TFS (travel food services) employees participating in the program. On three traffic islands, TFS employees assisted us in planting native butterfly-attracting seedlings. This garden will attract butterflies and other insects while also improving the area's aesthetic appeal.
We conducted an employee volunteering event at Taloja hill. 59 DCB volunteers joined us and did mulching and installed tree guards for the young saplings. We also did watering to some of our plants. The volunteers worked in the summer heat with great compassion for the long term survival of our plants.
A huge group of 62 DCB Bank employees volunteered for the event at our SGNP Restoration Site. They did mulching for 8 of our pollinator zones, watered 30% of our saplings at the site, and conducted a plantation review to record the health of plants at our site, all this in 2 hours.
At our Ambivli Biodiversity Park site, 28 DCB Bank employees joined us. In the Butterfly Garden, they mulched and cleared grass for our plants, and in the Bee Garden and Medicine Garden, they developed pathway lining.
At our Taloja hill reforestation site, we held an employee volunteer event that included mulching, watering, and tree guard installation. The event was attended by 32 DCB bank workers in total.
In just two hours, they watered 25% of our total plants, mulched saplings, and built 25 tree guards.
We appreciate the contributions of the DCB Bank personnel.
On the occasion of Animal Welfare Fortnight, we held a Facebook Live session on how to make a homemade dog bed out of discarded garments for stray dogs. We engaged over 20 viewers throughout the session. This was our modest gesture of love and compassion for our furry friends. We raised public awareness about the need of treating all animals with respect and kindness. Adopt, don't shop.