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For the greener good

Mumbaikars can now attend classes and learn lessons on the local fauna and flora the city has to offer

travel Updated: Aug 01, 2011 13:00 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale

The green cause
will soon get new
warriors. From
being aware of the
between a parrot
and a parakeet to knowing
whether a neem tree is
indigenous or not -- and even
knowing Mumbai's secret
biodiversity hotspots -- these
guys are familiar with it all.
EcoFolks, a group into nature
conservation, is offering a
certificate course in nature
interpretation. Commencing
this Sunday, the 12 to 15-week
course will focus on the
environmental diversity in
Mumbai and what can be
done to preserve what's left
of it here.

"People do not realise that everything in nature is interconnected. If one goes out of gear, everything left is in chaos. Through this course, we give a general overview of all nature-related aspects of a place," says Paresh Pimpale, founder of EcoFolks. Also at hand are the best from each field. "We have bird experts, those into botany as well as insect lovers coming to share their knowledge with the students.

The on-the-field lectures and training sessions are conducted at some of the best biodiversity hotspots in and around Mumbai including Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Maharashtra Nature Park, Byculla Zoo, Vasai Fort, Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnala Bird Sanctuary and other places. Pimpale says, "Since it is conducted within and around city limits, the knowledge shared is obviously local and pertaining to Mumbai. Not many know that one can easily find 50-60 species of birds during a single visit to Vasai Fort including bulbuls, parakeets and the sunbirds."

And what will you gain at the end? Pimpale says, "We need more people who are interested in nature and have knowledge about biodiversity. Sometimes, in the name of tree plantation, people do more harm than good if they are unaware of what species to plant. Also, deserving candidates can be absorbed into EcoFolks."

First Published: Aug 01, 2011 13:00 IST