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Taloja Watershed is a hill range adjoining the Taloja Lake and Owe dam. It is a watershed zone as it separates the rainwaters flowing to different water bodies including Taloja Lake in the near vicinity. It is situated close to Sector 35 C in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. The land belongs to Panvel Forest Dept. and the residents for Sector 35 have been carrying out environmental protection activity for the past few years. The forest department is keen that the local community take up the initiative of greening the hill. The hilly is largely denuded with fewer trees. There is an immediate requirement of soil control and afforestation of the hill. It will improve the water table as well as benefit the neighboring Owe village as well. Additionally, it will enhance the biodiversity of the region.
Reforestation should be used to build forest networks that are surrounded by low-intensity land use and that provide links within regions and between biomes. By reforesting Taloja Hill we will be providing a healthy linkage among the hill ranges of Kharghar and Belapur.
Project Location: Sector 35I, Taloja Jail Road, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai
Project Duration: September 2023-August 2024
Project Partner: Panvel Forest Dept.
Knowledge Partner: Ladybird Environmental Consultancy LLP.
Funding Agency: Worley Service India Pvt. Ltd
We are excited to announce our new initiative, NatureXplore, where we offer wildlife excursions to our project site in Taloja. Our Free Nature-Based Excursions aim to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, empowering them to become active advocates for preserving the planet's precious resources. Through these experiences, students gain invaluable insights, nurturing a lifelong love for nature and a commitment to its protection.
Step into the wild with us and join NatureXplore today!
Duration: Two hours
Batches: Morning (8 a.m. to 10 a.m.), Afternoon ( 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Age group: 10-14 years
Group size: Above 25
Availability of Dates: Weekdays
Choose from the below Thematic Trails!
1. Nature's Detectives at Taloja Hill: Learning plant-animal interaction in nature
2.Water Wonders at Taloja Hill: Discovering Aquatic Ecosystems and Conservation
3. Eco-Adventurers at Taloja Hill: Embracing Outdoor Challenges and Teamwork.
Taloja Hill Forest, Kharghar
September to December 2023, our caretakers diligently improved the project's infrastructure, including repairing nurseries and cabins for enhanced functionality. Conducted site mapping to identify intervention points on two hills and ensured the protection of plants by repairing tree guards. A significant plantation effort, led by our caretakers, included species like Agave, Wild Banana plants, Clerodendron, and Vetiver to combat soil erosion effectively. They also collected stones for pond lining to conserve water. Biodiversity surveys and a site visit by Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi deepened our understanding of the local ecosystem. Invasive species removal and perimeter fence restoration were also carried out by our caretakers, who maintained plant health through watering and de-weeding. Grass removal for fire prevention and community engagement initiatives were actively pursued, with 411 participants joining in eight community events, illustrating strong community involvement and support for our project.